Last Wednesday, a tragic
Delray Beach auto accident took the life of 82-year-old Betty Muscarnera at the intersection of El
Claire Ranch Road and West Atlantic Avenue.
Muscarnera and her husband, Perry, had been driving a 2002 Chrysler Sebring.
When Perry took a left into the intersection, a Honda Accord heading westbound
struck the vehicle. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s
Office, the Accord had the right-of-way through the intersection. The
driver, 17-year-old Fredric Kasten, suffered minor injuries but did not
need hospitalization. Perry Muscarnera was transported to Delray Medical
Center in serious condition.
Did the Sebring make a "left on red"? If not, what happened?
If the Sheriff’s Office report is correct, the Accord did have a
green light when it collided with the Sebring. This suggests that Muscarnera
made a left against the red traffic signal and caused the accident. That
might have been what happened. But without a full investigation, it’s
impossible to determine the truth. Perhaps the traffic light at that intersection
had gone out or had malfunctioned somehow.
The moral here is that accidents that appear to have “obvious”
causes may hold more subtle truths. If you’ve been a victim of West
Palm Beach car accident, approach your situation with a compassionate
understanding. Do not prejudge your case. You need a more objective, dispassionate
view to understand what really went wrong — and to maximize your
chances to see justice done and find closure.
Here at the Law Offices of Craig Goldernfarb, P.A., we extend our sympathy
to the family and friends of those hurt by this tragic accident. Our thoughts
are with you.
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