Woman dies in Belle Glade traffic crash

BELLE GLADE — A Clewiston woman died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash at the intersection of NW 16th Street North and West Canal Street North in Belle Glade on Saturday, May 12.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) press release stated that at approximately 12:28 p.m. a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu operated by LaQuittia Johnson, 26, of Pahokee, was traveling northbound on NW 16th Street at the same time a 2015 Dodge Ram truck operated by James Brannon, 40, of Jacksonville, was traveling westbound on West Canal Street North.

A 2015 Chrysler operated by Angela Johson, 54, of Belle Glades, was traveling southbound on NW 16th Street and was stopped for a red traffic signal.

The front of the Ram truck struck the passenger side of the Malibu as it entered the intersection. The truck rotated in a clockwise direction and came to final rest on the northwest corner. The Malibu rotated in a clockwise direction and came to final rest on the west side of NW 16th Street.

A rear seat passenger, Tomesha Lane, 23, of Clewiston, was ejected and slid under the front end of the Chrysler. Ms. Lane was reported to have been transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, where she died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Kentoria Fowler, 31, of South Bay, and Ms. Johnson were reported to have been transported to Lakedside Medical Center with minor injuries.

The traffic accident was investigated by PBSO Investigator Alan Soloway.

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