RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – Five people are dead after a two-car accident in Riviera Beach early Saturday Morning.
Florida Highway Patrol said all five victims were riding in a 1994 Lexus heading east on Blue Heron Boulevard near I-95, when the car collided with a 2008 Mercedes CLK350 that was coming off of the interstate.
Investigators said the driver of the Mercedes, 21-year-old Jabari Kemp, failed to slow for the traffic light at the intersection.
As Kemp continued northbound, FHP said the Mercedes struck the Lexus' right side at a high rate of speed. Both vehicles went through the raised grass median and into the westbound lanes. Debris struck a third vehicle in its left side.
FHP said the three rear passengers in the Lexus were ejected from the vehicle and came to a rest on the westbound shoulder. The vehicle overturned and came to a stop on the westbound shoulder facing east.
The driver of the Lexus, identified by FHP as 21-year-old Jason Mahlung, died after being transported to St. Mary's Medical Center.
Officials said the passengers who were ejected from the Lexus, 14-year-old Makita Campbell, 17-year-old Shonteria Grimsley and 17-year-old Christina Joseph, died at the scene. According to FHP, the three passengers were not wearing seat belts.
A 22-year-old passenger also riding in the Lexus, who hasn't been identified by FHP, also died at the scene.
Kemp was also transported to St. Mary's and is currently listed in serious condition. FHP says charges are pending at this time.
The driver of the third vehicle that was hit by debris was not injured.