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West Palm Beach, FL – Joseph Jean Baptiste Endures Fatal Injuries After Being Hit by DUI on Summit Blvd

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West Palm Beach, FL (July 12, 2021) – A man died on Sunday, July 12th from injuries he received last week during an accident in West Palm Beach.  

39-year-old Joseph Jean Baptiste, a resident of West Palm Beach passed away at St. Mary’s Medical Center almost two full days after he was hit by a driver under the influence in the 5700 block of Summit Boulevard, near Military Trail.

Investigators stated that Baptiste pulled over in his Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck and exited the vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. when another vehicle rear-ended his truck, pinning Baptiste between the two vehicles.

The 31-year-old female driver of the other vehicle, a Mitsubishi SUV, told police she did not see the truck. She was transported to Wellington Regional Medical Center and treated for unspecified injuries.

A blood test revealed that she was driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. She is facing DUI misdemeanor changes.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Joseph Jean Baptiste, at this time.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in West Palm Beach

7.12 West Palm Beach, FL - Joseph Jean Baptiste Endures Fatal Injuries After Being Hit by DUI on Summit Blvd

Anytime a pedestrian is killed in a Florida car accident, there are several things that have to be done right and be done quickly if their family is going to solicit financial compensation for their wrongful death. Due to Florida’s no-fault auto insurance laws, a claim cannot be immediately brought against the person responsible for the accident. 

Before the claim can be filed, evidence that proves the driver’s liability needs to be gathered. This is usually done by re-creating the accident scene, securing statements from eyewitnesses, reviewing the driving record of the at-fault driver, and analyzing footage from traffic cameras if there is any. 

Florida allows its residents a very brief statute of limitations. Once that has passed, you will no longer be able to submit a wrongful death claim. This means that it is crucial that you get in touch with a Florida wrongful death attorney as soon as you are able to do so.

At Boone and Davis, we make sure that our clients are able to recover the maximum amount according to law. With over 40 years of experience helping accident victims, we know how to evaluate your claim so that you are not left with an inadequate settlement that does not fully compensate you for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. We will stand up for you when your back is against the wall. Our South Florida car accident attorneys are here to help during your time of greatest need. To speak with a member of our team, please give us a call at 954-566-9919.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources in the creation of these posts. These sources include newspaper reports, news stories, police reports, social media posts, and eyewitness accounts of injury accidents that take place in South Florida. The facts in these posts have not been independently verified by members of our writing staff therefore if you see any information that is not correct or is inaccurate, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can correct the information right away.  If you would prefer that the post be removed from our site, let us know and we will do our best to remove the post as promptly as possible.

Disclaimer: We have worked hard to become valued members of our local business community. Our law firm is providing this post for general information purposes and hopes that through awareness, our community members will use the necessary precautions to avoid serious accidents like the one described in this post and prepare them should they find themselves the victim of a serious wreck. We want to honor those who have been victims of accidents in the state of Florida. The information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The pictures depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.

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