Unaccompanied Minor dies in accident

Mista T

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Teen driver won’t be criminally charged in girl’s death
Palm Beach Post - Wednesday 9/20/17

WEST PALM BEACH —

A then-17-year-old boy whose pickup slammed into two trees west of Lantana, killing 13-year-old passenger Karenine Saint Louis, will not be criminally charged in the crash, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

The July 9 death of the honor student led her mother to sue the ride-hailing company Lyft, saying it took the girl from her suburban Boynton Beach-area home to the boy’s Greenacres home despite a company ban on transporting minors alone.

Jimmy Aguirre, now 18, still could face traffic citations in the crash, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera told The Palm Beach Post in an email Wednesday.

“Evidence does not support vehicle homicide,” Barbera said. “The investigation is still ongoing. He will not face a vehicle homicide charge but may face other charges (traffic related).”

Because investigators are not done, they have not yet provided any documents beyond an initial crash report.

State records show Aguirre does not have a regular driver license, but only a Class E learner’s permit, which requires someone who’s at least 21 be in the front seat when he drives. The report on the crash says the two were the only ones in the 2002 Ford F-150 pickup when Aguirre lost control on a wet road.State records show a juvenile court judge suspended the learner’s permit on July 21.

The crash report said the boy sustained minor injuries. It said neither person wore seat belts and that there’s no indication alcohol or drugs were involved

On July 17, the girl’s mother, Josie Saint Fleur sued Lyft in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, saying the driver violated a policy that forbids drivers to transport children 17 and under who are alone. Lawyers have said that, if not for Lyft’s improper action, the girl never would have been in the boy’s truck when it slammed into two trees west of Lantana.

The lawsuit originally also named as defendants Jimmy Aguirre and his mother Melissa, but later dropped her. She has declined to speak to The Post.

The mother’s lawyer, in a modified complaint filed this month, said a Lyft driver who spoke no English, and didn’t know his employer barred transporting minors, picked up a 13-year-oldgirl sneaking out of her gated-community home in her pajamas at 1:30 a.m., then took her to her boyfriend’s home. The girl’s family has said her grandmother was asleep and her mother, a nurse who was working an overnight shift, thought the girl was home in her bed. The mother has since said she never had heard of the boy before the crash.

But in a motion to dismiss, lawyers for Lyft say Karenine spent at least four hours at Aguirre’s Greenacres home and died at 5:30 a.m. as he drove her home because his parents’ Lyft account balance was too low. As a result, the lawyers said, Lyft can’t possibly be responsible for her death, under a legal concept known as “intervening cause.”
 

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LEAFdriver

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http://nypost.com/2017/09/20/driver...avoids-charges-in-girls-death-after-accident/

I'm not even sure why LYFT is involved here at all.

It says this 17 yr old MALE was using his MOTHER'S Lyft DRIVER'S account and picked up a 13 yr old girl. ?????

Why was this 17 yr old MALE signing on to his MOTHER'S account? He obviously can't be mistaken for a WOMAN, could he? :confused:

Then....a 13 yr old GIRL using HER OWN ACCOUNT requests a LYFT...gets this 17 yr old MALE and doesn't check NAME/CAR/LICENSE or anything and still gets in?

Wow....just too many inconsistencies to understand exactly WHAT the motives were for this ride on either end! :oopsies:
 

tohunt4me

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Accident with 2 unaccompanied minors, one dead. Mother suing Lyft for giving the ride in violation of law regarding unaccompanied minors.
This is the case where the girl, a minor , went to her boyfriends house using Lyft. Then the duo left in HIS truck and had an accident ?
 

Rsabcd

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http://nypost.com/2017/09/20/driver...avoids-charges-in-girls-death-after-accident/

I'm not even sure why LYFT is involved here at all.

It says this 17 yr old MALE was using his MOTHER'S Lyft DRIVER'S account and picked up a 13 yr old girl. ?????

Why was this 17 yr old MALE signing on to his MOTHER'S account? He obviously can't be mistaken for a WOMAN, could he? :confused:

Then....a 13 yr old GIRL using HER OWN ACCOUNT requests a LYFT...gets this 17 yr old MALE and doesn't check NAME/CAR/LICENSE or anything and still gets in?

Wow....just too many inconsistencies to understand exactly WHAT the motives were for this ride on either end! :oopsies:

This article is, to be nice, poorly written and confusing.


http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article174528876.html

This article is better and has links to the palm beach post, the local paper where the accident happened
 

Strange Fruit

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The 17 year old took his mom's truck and drive to make his mom money. But she didn't know about it? What sort of teenager sneaks out in the parent's vehicle to go drive Lyft on their parents account?
 
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Kodyhead

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The 17 year old took his mom's truck and drive to make his mom money. But she didn't know about it? What sort of teenager sneaks out in the parent's vehicle to go drive Lyft on their parents account?
Yeah this story is different than all other stories i read about this poor girl.
 

dnlbaboof

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its even harder to avoid high schools now with the new stupid ping screen no address and you cant tell where the ping is
 

NHDriver

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So I have a few questions. What responsibility does RideShare take allowing minors to set up their own accounts. Minors have debit cards and RideShare accepts them as credit cards. Pax agree to terms and conditions stating they are at least 18 years of age. Drivers do not approve the account set up, drivers do not check the rider ToS stating they are 18. Why does this fall on the driver, soley if 1) RideShare allowed the account set up, 2)Pax lied on an actual contract about their age, prior to a driver ever showing up? Drivers should never have to be put in that situation, period.
 
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