WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Authorities arrested a driver on criminal charges in connection with a fatal crash in Palm Beach County Saturday morning, the Palm Beach Post reports.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Dearly Gomez of West Palm Beach, was driving a Toyota Corolla when the accident occurred at about 3:35 a.m in the area of Southern Boulevard and Sansburys Way near the South Florida Fairgrounds.
Investigators said Gomez failed to slow down while approaching the intersection and slammed into a Honda Accord that was stopped at a red light.
The impact of the crash ruptured the Accord’s fuel tank and caused the car to catch fire. The driver of the Accord, 21-year-old Santia Elveus of Lake Worth Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene. Gomez got out of the car and walked away from the crash scene, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He was later apprehended nearby, and was identified by a witness as the driver of the Corolla.
Authorities said Gomez was an unlicensed driver whose blood-alcohol level measured above the legal limit. Gomez, who was hospitalized after the crash, is charged with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.
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