A mother and her adult daughter were killed and five other people were injured in a two car accident west of Boca Raton Friday night. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, 85-year-old Angelina Ferrarella and 54-year-old Donna D’Angelo died after the car Ferrarella was driving was broadsided in an intersection by a 2003 BMW that allegedly ran a red light. Ferrarella’s husband, son-in-law, and grandson were also seriously injured in the crash. At the time of the accident, Ferrarella and her family were about one block away from their destination.
The driver of the BMW, 19-year-old Joanne Luu, and her passenger suffered only minor injuries. Although a toxicology report is currently pending, police believe alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the crash. Police stated Luu’s passenger was also believed to be under the influence at the time of the accident. No arrests were made in connection with the accident.
Since the accident, Luu took to posting photos of her injuries and her own account of the accident on social media website Twitter. According to Luu, Ferrarella ran a red light and broadsided her vehicle. Twitter has since deactivated Luu’s account.
Drugs and alcohol can have a dramatic effect on a driver’s perception, judgment, and reaction time. A drunk or impaired driver is not only a hazard themselves, but also a danger to everyone they encounter on the road. Drunk or impaired driving is one of the leading causes of deadly automobile accidents in the nation. You and those you love are put at risk each time someone chooses to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one was hurt by an intoxicated or impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, disability, pain, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. By filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the driver who hurt you or your family, you have the opportunity to send a message to other drivers that operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or on drugs is not acceptable behavior.
If you were hurt by a drunk or impaired driver, contact the law firm of Lazarus & Lazarus, P.A. Our Miami car accident lawyers can explain your rights and help you navigate the legal system. At Lazarus & Lazarus, we will work diligently to help you receive compensation for your injuries caused by a drunk or impaired driver. Our law firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Orlando, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Dade County. To speak with an experienced automobile accident lawyer today, contact Lazarus & Lazarus, through our website or call us at (954) 356-0006.
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Mother, daughter killed in crash west of Boca Raton, by Erika Pesantes, Florida Sun Sentinel
PBSO identifies victims in Boca Raton fatal crash, by WPTV Web Team, wptv.com
Driver Who Killed Two In Boca Accident Tweets Obscenities, by BocaNewsNow.com Staff, bocanewsnow.com