Car Mechanic Facing Charges After Deadly Test Drive
A car mechanic is facing charges after a deadly test drive Wednesday afternoon in Delray Beach.
The Ed Morse Toyota employee was allegedly speeding in a Lexus down Old Dixie Highway behind the dealership when he lost control, went off the road, swerved back onto the asphalt and slammed head-on into a Canadian couple riding a motorcycle.
"It was the worst thing I've seen in my life," Mike Pequette, a surveyor who was on the side of the road, told WPBF 25 News. "The people went up into the air. The bike went flying. It happened in the blink of an eye. There was nothing the [motorcyclists] could have done."
The female passenger on the motorcycle died of her injuries and the motorcycle's driver was listed in critical condition.
The car mechanic was interviewed by police and released at the scene. Traffic homicide investigators were back out the day after the crash reconstructing the accident to determine how fast the Lexus was going.
The speed limit is 45 mph. Pequette estimated the Lexus was traveling at 60 mph, but some witnesses believe it was going faster than 80 miles mph.
Police said these types of investigations can take a long time and it's unknown when the car mechanic could be charged and what charges he might face.
Police have not released the names of the victims because they have not been able to make contact with their families, a spokesperson said.
The car mechanic's employer released the following written statement to WPBF 25 News:
"Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, April 6th 2016, an Ed Morse Automotive Group employee was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Ed Morse Automotive Group extends its heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family and loved ones involved in the accident. The Delray Beach Police Department is currently conducting a full investigation."
This article originally appeared on WPBF.