News: Driver in 2013 crash that killed 5 in Riviera Beach placed on probation

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Posted: June 28, 2021

RIVIERA BEACH, FL - The driver involved in a crash that killed five people in Riviera Beach in 2013 is now out of state prison, reports the Palm Beach Post.

29-year-old Jabari Kemp was released and placed on probation after pleading guilty of five counts of vehicular homicide as part of a plea agreement reached with the prosecution.

Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss sentenced Kemp to five years in prison, time he already has served after being convicted in 2015.  That conviction was thrown out on appeal and a new trial was ordered.  An appeals court ruled that testimony from a Florida Highway Patrol investigator about whether Kemp had tried to brake before the crash harmed his right to a fair trial.

On April 13, 2013, Kemp was driving a Mercedes on Blue Heron Boulevard near Interstate 95 in Riviera Beach when he collided with a Lexus with five people inside.  All five, ranging in age from 14 to 22, were killed. Investigators estimated Kemp was driving at speeds up to 128 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

As part of the plea, Kemp was placed on 10 years of probation, ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, and had his driver's license revoked for three years.

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