A hit and run crash in Stuart has sadly taken away the life of a 68 year
old family man. Lawrence Melvin Alkema of Lake Park/West Palm Beach lost
his life in an early morning collision on I-95 that apparently was not
The crash occurred when potential Defendant Jack Edward Brown slammed into
the rear end of Mr. Alkema’s Ford Ranger, causing the pickup truck
to roll over. The impact and force of the impact, and the rollover, killed
Defendant Jack Brown Could Be Sued by the Alkema Family
Very few facts of this tragic crash are public, but according to the facts
as they have been reported, the surviving family members of Lawrence Alkema
could potentially bring a lawsuit against the Defendant, and the Defendant’s
Here are the facts, as best we understand from public media reports:
- Jack Brown was obviously negligent while driving his luxury Jaguar vehicle
If the vehicle Jack Brown was driving at the time of the accident, a Jaguar
XF, a sports luxury vehicle, was speeding at the time of the collision,
causing the wreck to occur, he or his insurance company may be held liable
for negligence that caused the death of Mr. Alkema.
The same could be said if the investigation reveals Jack Brown was negligent
in other ways, such as being distracted while driving, or driving while
intoxicated. Whatever the circumstances turn out to be, he was clearly
negligent in causing the fatal wreck.
- Jack Brown left the scene of the accident involving a fatality, a felony
Leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality is a third-degree
felony in Florida, and if Jack Brown is convicted, he could face between
5 and 15 years in prison, followed by 5 to 15 years’ worth of probation,
and fines in the range of $5,000-$10,000. In a previous post, we explained how
serious the issue of hit and run crashes are in Florida.
Jack Brown was found by investigating authorities after he fled the scene
in his vehicle, and then on foot a short time later. Media sources report
that he has obtained a criminal defense attorney.
The criminal case will be brought by a prosecutor, but it’s the civil
case that the family may be able to pursue with the help of an experienced,
committed personal injury lawyer like Craig Goldenfarb, Esq.
- Mr. Alkema left behind surviving family members
If Mr. Alkema was survived by family members such as his wife or adult
children, those surviving family members may be eligible under Florida
law to pursue compensation for the economic and emotional loss they’ve
wrongfully endured in the untimely and awful death of their beloved Lawrence.
This area of law is called “wrongful death”.
Wrongful death is a type of lawsuit that is brought against the person who caused the
death of someone due to their own negligent behavior or actions.
The liability in this case seems relatively clear. It was Jack Brown who
caused the death of Mr. Lawrence Alkema when Brown struck the truck Mr.
Alkema was driving, causing it to flip. The collision resulted in the
unnecessary and avoidable death of Mr. Alkema.
If you or someone you know has experienced a loss similar to this incident,
please consider calling our law office. Mr. Goldenfarb oversees all wrongful
death cases in our firm, and he will personally meet with you and your
family to provide a free consultation. Our law firm will work on your
case without any upfront fees or costs, and we will not collect any fees
or costs unless we obtain a recovery for you.
We come to you anywhere in the state of Florida. The consultation is 100%
free, and there is no obligation to find out if we can help you.
Please call our office at 561-697-4440 and ask to speak with someone about
a loss you suffered.