PBSO has identified the individuals involved in last night’s crash on US-441 south of Yamato Road. Abby Bard (63) was driving a Volkswagen Jetta, traveling northbound in the southbound lanes not far from her home in Boca Chase. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
Bard had a history of volunteering at the Tri-County Animal Rescue, as can be seen in the photo below from 2011.
On the dark side, Ms. Bard did have a 2012 arrest for DUI causing injury and served a term of probation as a result of that incident. The report from PBSO does not address toxicology so we can’t know yet if alcohol was a factor in this incident.
The other driver, Daniel Mixa (28, Lake Worth) was seriously injured and taken to Delray Medical Center.
Investigator Klepping of the Vehicle Homicide Unit described the accident as follows in his initial report:
… V1 [Bard] was traveling northbound in the second to the inside travel lane of southbound . V2 [Mixa] was traveling southbound in the second to the inside travel lane … behind another vehicle. The vehicle in front of [Mixa] abruptly veered to the inside lane. [Mixa] was directly in the path of [Bard]. The front of V1 made contact with the front of V2 in a violent head-on collision. Both vehicles came to an immediate stop, rising off the ground and ultimately coming to rest at the point of collision. The operator of V1 was pronounced deceased on the scene by palm Beach County Fire Rescue. D2 was ultimately transported to Delray Medical Center in serious condition.
***** Next of Kin HAS been notified *****
Put another way, it appears that Mixa was behind another vehicle. That vehicle saw Bard coming and swerved to avoid her. Mixa had little or no time to react, and couldn’t see her coming earlier because the vehicle in front of him obscured his view.
Since publishing our story a family member of Bard contacted us and told us that they were not notified of the incident before the PBSO release.
Update from a reader:
I wanted to give you an update regarding your news story on the crash on 441 and New England. I was there and witnessed the entire accident. The gold car was speeding into the oncoming traffic dodging a few cars before he smacked into the young boy’s blue car head on. It was the person in the gold car that was dead on the scene. A cop was on the scene seconds after the crash occurred.
Regardless of the cause of the incident, Ms. Bard’s passing is a loss to her family and friends.
Update: We have just learned that one of the drivers was dead on the scene: Victim Identified.
***WEST BOCA*** Car Accident — New England Blvd @ State Rd 7/US 441 — E54 onscene of a veh collision w/ heavy damage, Command advising 1 confirmed Signal-7 (DOA) at scene & 1 other patient being treated by Rescue — Tac 4A
Shortly before 10 pm this evening we learned that there had been an accident on 441 near New England Blvd. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue notified followers on Twitter of the incident:
We arrived on scene about 10 minutes later. The accident was on the southbound side of 441, just north of New England and the Boca Greens plaza. A reader tells us he drove past at 9:10 pm and there was a young body on the ground.
Deputies had blocked off 441 southbound at Yamato. As far as we know it’s still blocked as of this writing. PBSO cruisers were still arriving when we left.
We were able to get some photos of the accident scene itself. From a bit further away, looking from south and north:
And some closer shots:
It appeared to this reporter that the vehicle occupants had already been taken to hospitals after taking details and contacting their Duluth GA Injury Lawyer. No ambulances were at the scene and no one was in the cars. No one other than deputies were nearby.
The vehicle on the right appeared to be a Volkswagen Golf or GTI, facing southbound in the southbound left-hand lane. The vehicle on the left in our photos appears to be a Volkswagen Jetta and was facing northbound in that same lane on the southbound side, suggesting that driver was traveling in the wrong direction. However, accident scenes can be hard to read.
It may not show up on photos but it appeared to this reporter that the vehicles’ cabins remained intact. As is it is unclear who’s at fault in this accident, a car accident attorney will most likely be needed in order to help both drivers get the compensation they deserve. There are loads of different lawyers that you can use though to help you with your case. If you were injured in your car accident, then it might be better to use someone like these Personal Injury attorneys in North Carolina to help you get compensation for your injuries.
Deputy Frey from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) came over to inquire and politely declined to answer any questions. He’s on the left in the picture below, with New England Blvd. in the background at far left.
Note: Most of the photos were enhanced using image editing software, mainly to improve on the poor lighting inherent in a night scene. Some edits were more aggressive than others.
Thanks to the Palm Beach County Alerts Facebook page for the update.
A reader sent us a couple photos of an accident at the intersection of Yamato and Lyons. You can see the Whisper Walk sign in the background of the above photo. Deputies and a tow truck were on scene.
— Another reader advises it was at Lyons and Astaire —
For the location, see the map below:
And here’s a photo of the damage to one of the cars:
This was reported to us a little after 4 pm.