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Deadly Collision in West Palm Beach Caused by Excessive Speed

DUMP-TRUCK-CRASH_zBlQC.jpg James T. McLendon, a seventeen-year-old suburban West Palm Beach resident, died early Monday evening as a result of a car accident caused by speeding. McLendon was driving at an excessive speed east on Belvedere Road sometime after 4 p.m. Monday when he swerved to avoid hitting one car and then collided with a truck travelling west. The accident occurred at the intersection of Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way.

Wellington resident Cathy Manriquez, sixty, was making a right turn from Sansbury’s Way onto eastbound Belvedere Road when McLendon was approaching the intersection in his 2002 Mazda 626. Manriquez turned onto the inside lane. McLendon saw Manriquez, but was travelling at too high of a speed to stop, so he swerved to try and avoid hitting Manriquez’s 2002 Toyota Camry. This swerving caused McLendon’s automobile to travel across the median and into oncoming traffic.

Royal Palm Beach resident Bobby Moore, fifty-seven, was entering the left turn lane in his 1996 Kenworth commercial truck as McLendon drove over the median. Moore and McLendon collided. McLendon was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Natalie Pastorius, seventeen, had to be cut from the vehicle. She was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in serious condition. Manriquez was transported to Wellington Regional Medical Center, but has since been released. Moore suffered no injuries in the accident. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office traffic report stated that all drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts. Alcohol or drug use is not suspected in the crash.

Authorities: 17-year-old killed after speeding, causing collision with truck on Belvedere Road, www.palmbeachpost.com March 26, 2013


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