In a catastrophic accident on Sunday, February 15th, a 5 year-old boy was struck and killed by a car who was attempting to flee police. The sequence of events that led to the boy’s death began about 1:30 p.m. when Boynton Beach police attempted to stop Lex Eugene, 20, for reckless driving at the corner of Miner Road and Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. Eugene fled in a 2008 Buick Enclave and attempted to make a right turn onto northbound Summit Road when he lost control of the vehicle and went onto the sidewalk, striking Jayden Readon, 5, who was walking with his younger brother and his great-grandparents.
The two boys, along with great-grandparents Flor and Domingo Cuevas, both in their 80s, had just crossed Summit on the North side of Miner Road and were on the sidewalk at the Northwest corner of the intersection. The press release stated that "as Eugene attempted to make a right turn onto northbound Summit Road [he] lost control of the vehicle, went onto the sidewalk on the northwest corner of the intersection and struck the pedestrian with the front of [the vehicle]," The car "continued in a northwest direction and struck a chain link fence, knocking down a section of the fence," according to the release. Jayden was thrown into a nearby ditch, but the rest of his family members were unharmed. Jayden later died at Delray Medical Center due to his injuries.
After the car stopped against the fence, Eugene got out and attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by Boynton Beach police officer who had to use a taser to subdue him. He was promptly arrested and faces charges of vehicular homicide, driving without a license, hit and run, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and several drug charges. He is being held in Palm Beach County Jail without bond.
There is nothing more devastating than the death of a child, but it is made all the more overwhelming when it is the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. The unfortunate truth is that among pedestrian accidents, children and the elderly are the most common victims and the results of accidents such as these are often fatal. Countless families across Florida have mourned the loss of loved ones due to pedestrian accidents and had to deal with the many repercussions that they bring. The only good news for these families in troubling times, is that they don’t have to face the problems alone and there are ways to receive compensation for the many unexpected expenses that rise from a tragic accident, including:
- Medical and Rehabilitative Costs
- Funeral Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- …and more.
In addition to offering compassionate legal representation following a pedestrian accident, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham P.A. have the experience and expertise to get you answers about your accident case and bring justice and a favorable settlement in the courtroom. Not all pedestrian accident cases come with clear evidence to bring forth proof of negligence on the responsible party, but we work with local authorities and accident reconstructionists to determine why the accident occurred and hold all responsible parties accountable so you can recover from the incident. If a recent accident in Florida has you searching for answers to your legal questions, call us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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