Pedestrians and drivers have long had a complicated relationship. Right-of-way rules exist so each party can travel safely and orderly. Following the rules of the road helps prevent tragic stories that affect communities and permanently alter families.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed another chilling example of a worst-case scenario that can occur when the rules aren’t followed. On July 15, 52-year-old Lesly Ulysse was hit by a car crossing the street, and did not survive the accident.
During the early evening hours, Ulysse was trying to cross Jog Road. Palm Beach law enforcement verified that the man was not using a crosswalk at the time.
The white BMW that struck Ulysse was being driven by 25-year-old Christiano Phillip Wyndham Castronova. He was reportedly darting in and out of lanes to get past traffic that had built up. After Castronova’s car collided with Ulysse, the driver then decided to depart the crime scene. Reports indicate that he did briefly stop, but decided go through with a full U-turn to leave the area.
Castronova is charged with leaving the scene of the crime after having caused death, and trying to escape from a law enforcement professional.
There were a few things that could have been done differently here. The driver could have slowed down a bit, and been more patient with traffic.
Ulysse could have observed and utilized the crosswalk, which is the safest area for pedestrians on busy streets.
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