Major Accident in Delray: West Boca Tesla Driver Involved

Shortly before 10:30 pm on Friday night there was a fatal accident on Linton Blvd at its intersection with Jog Road. Four vehicles and a pedestrian were involved. One of the drivers and the pedestrian were both killed. One of our readers shared this video of the scene:

According to Investigator Fazzino of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, a BMW convertible driven by Alan Ziperstein (age 72) was driving the wrong way on Linton, eastbound in the westbound lanes. Ziperstein, a resident of the Addison Reserve community, collided with a Jaguar driven by Victor Goo (60) of Kings Point, a Tesla driven by Arthur Sezman (76) of St. Andrews Country Club (West Boca), and a Hyundai driven by Gloria Sheehan (82), also of Kings Point.
After hitting the three vehicles, Ziperstein’s BMW continued on, striking pedestrian San Miquel Ramiro (52) of Boynton Beach, and then rolled over.
Sadly, Ziperstein was pronounced dead at the scene and Ramiro passed away at Delray Medical Center. Mr. Goo suffered critical injuries and was also taken to Delray Medical Center. Sezman and Sheehan suffered minor injuries.
We received four photos from readers at the scene:
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It was unclear from the accident report as to why Ziperstein was traveling in the wrong direction and we may never know.

Shooting at Shadowood – Scene Photos & Video

All photos copyright Warren Redlich unless otherwise marked. Media may use but please attribute to @WestBocaNews.
All photos copyright Warren Redlich 2015 unless otherwise marked. Others may use but please attribute to @WestBocaNews.

This morning we were alerted to a shooting with one person dead in Shadowood Square, at the European Auto Service Center at 9787 Glades Road.

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PBCFR & PBSO onscene of a subject that was shot in the head at a business, unknown circumstances or suspect information, Advising confirmed “Signal-7” dead at scene, Crime Scene units enroute

It is on the east end of the plaza by the traffic light and close to Einstein Bagel.

9787 Glades Road; image and map data by Google.
9787 Glades Road; image and map data by Google.

As you can see in the video below (on the right side in the background), paramedics attempted to enter the premises but were turned away. The victim had already passed away.

It appears this was a suicide rather than a violent crime. Police secured only the area inside the building, even allowing a pedestrian to walk through the parking lot. An anonymous source also confirmed this was a suicide.
Police and others were talking to one young man, wearing a Batman t-shirt, who may have witnessed the shooting or found the body.
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A gentleman (in the grey shirt and red shorts) approached us and identified himself as the owner. He did not offer any comment.
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He then went to the witness and, along with first responders, offered comfort.
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First responders from PBSO and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue remained on scene for a substantial amount of time.
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Before we left the scene we shot one final video:

Rollover on Riverside Near Glades

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Early this afternoon Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reported a rollover accident at Glades and Riverside.
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We were able to get to the scene, which was actually 100 to 200 yards south of Glades.

When we first arrived at the scene there were quite a few people standing on the east side of the roadway amidst a few rescue vehicles. Looking from the north (Glades Road), the rollover was not visible.
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We were able to get to the scene a bit later coming from the south and got a better view of the vehicle. A crane was getting ready to “right” what appeared to be a large Ford pickup or SUV. Our best guess is a full size pickup with a crew cab, possibly an F-250.
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It looked like they were working on draining fluids from the vehicle before bringing the truck back onto its wheels.
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With a close-up look you can see severe damage to the windshield.
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Unfortunately we do not have more details at this time and we don’t expect to get any. Florida’s law on accident reports prevents us from getting a copy of any report for 60 days because we are not a print publication. If that bothers you please tell your state representatives that the world of news has changed. We have already contacted State Rep. Kevin Rader, but it wouldn’t hurt if some readers contacted him as well.

Car vs. Pole on US-441: Video and Photos

All photos and video copyright Warren Redlich, West Boca News. Media may use if credit given to WestBocaNews.com or @WestBocaNews.
All photos and video copyright Warren Redlich, West Boca News. Media may use if credit given to WestBocaNews.com or @WestBocaNews.

This afternoon we were alerted to an accident on 441 south of Kimberly Blvd, with indications that a car had hit a pole and the pole was on the roof of the car.
We were able to get to the scene for photos and video. At top is a wide angle view of the scene looking toward the south at northbound traffic. The car apparently hit one of the light poles on the northbound side of the road, well off the roadway. Below is a somewhat closer look at the area.
The Palm Beach Sheriff and FPL were both on scene. Fire Rescue had already left.
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There was substantial damage to the car, including both the front end and the roof.
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The pole was dislodged from its base and you can see it laying on the ground below.
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Our video from the scene is below. We did not hear any report of injuries one way or another.

Olympic Heights Grad Passes Away in Jet Ski Accident

Joel Deleon in a 2014 photo
Joel Deleon in a 2014 photo

Many West Boca residents are mourning the passing of Joel Deleon, who died yesterday in a Jet Ski accident in South County Regional Park. Mr. Deleon was a graduate of Olympic Heights High School.
We were alerted to the incident by a tweet from Fire Rescue:
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Fire Rescue subsequently tweeted that the missing person had been found, but there were no further official statements.
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There were a number of comments from readers, including comments identifying Mr. Deleon (tagging his Facebook page) and that he had passed away.
Mr. Deleon’s Facebook page is now flooded with messages from friends. We can see dozens of them and it’s likely that there are many more we can’t see due to user privacy settings.
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One friend posted this picture:
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Another used this as a platform for advice, though we don’t know whether or not Mr. Deleon was wearing a life jacket:
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There is also a gathering planned for tonight, posted as a Facebook event and already with dozens of people going.
And there are so many more. Here are just a few:
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From West Boca News, we wish comfort to the Deleon family in this difficult time. Rest in peace Mr. Deleon.
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House Fire in Boca Greens

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Thanks to our readers and Palm Beach County Alerts for information about this morning’s house fire in Boca Greens Country Club.

***WEST BOCA*** Residential Fire — 19661 Sea Pines Way (Boca Greens CC) — E51 onscene of a 1-story house, advising heavy fire blowing thru the roof, starting fire attack and searches, per neighbors the house is unoccupied, E54 plugging the hydrant — Tac 7A

As best we can tell, the fire may have been started by a lightning strike around 3 am. The “whole back of the house caught fire” and “the back of the roof caved in.”
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Fortunately no one was in the house and no injuries have been reported. Property appraiser records show the 2000 square foot home was purchased in June for $257K. The new owner’s mailing address is an apartment in New York City
As always we and our readers appreciate Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for their quick and thorough response.

Lightning Hits Boca Falls House

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A house in Boca Falls was hit earlier today by lightning, bringing out both neighbors and Palm Beach Fire Rescue. We popped over to the Mystic Bay subdivision to take a few pictures.
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We counted at least six vehicles from Fire Rescue including two SUVs and four trucks. There may have been two additional trucks as well. One fireman was working on the roof, possibly looking to see if the lightning had caused anything under the tiles to ignite or smolder.
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The team also worked inside the garage:
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This is the third incident we’ve heard about in the past few months of lightning hitting houses in Boca Falls, a community with roughly 720 homes.
Neighbors definitely appreciated the response from county.

House Fire in Trends at Boca Raton

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Thanks to a reader tip and photo, we learned that there is or was a house fire in the Trends neighborhood in Sandalfoot Cove. Above you can see the report from Palm Beach Fire Rescue on Twitter.

The reader who alerted us to the incident also sent this photo:
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Another reader says: “Abandoned house fire … possibly started by squatters”
He also sent this photo:
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That reader advised, and we confirmed, that the house at 23068 Old Inlet Bridge Drive is abandoned. It was taken over by the homeowners association about a year ago.

Road Block for Glades Gas Leak: Photos

*Please note that for most pictures in this article, you can click and see a larger version, especially the panorama shots.*
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Glades Road was blocked this morning from 441 to as far as 95th Street (the street for the Glades Library and JCC complex). This was the result of a gas leak. By the time we arrived it was still blocked between the eastern Shadowood entrance and 441.
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They even had a PBSO vehicle on the west side of 441 keeping things clear.
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After speaking with emergency workers on scene, we learned that the gas leak was at or near the middle entrance on Glades to the Westwinds of Boca plaza (the one with Home Depot and Publix). While there were early reports that the entire plaza was being evacuated (and possibly Shadowood Plaza as well), it appears that the problem was well contained between the Animal Hospital and the ABC Wine & Spirits on one side and Glades Road on the other.
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Communication between agencies may have been imperfect. After we got notice from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue that the leak had been closed and the area was safe, this deputy was still putting up tape blocking the area off.
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The scene was loaded with emergency workers. Including firefighters, paramedics, deputies and FPL workers, we saw at least 50 of them and maybe as many as 100. It was already warm out and the fire rescue workers had clearly been working hard.
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Happily it appears that the paramedics did not have any patients and they used the incident as an opportunity for training and prep for future incidents.
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It was an impressive scene and we took quite a few pictures. Below are some panorama shots that attempt to capture the scene:
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