Girl Struck, Killed By Car In Central Boca Raton

UPDATE: Several people have emailed us saying that they saw the accident, yet these readers seem to be unwilling to speak with investigators. If you witnessed this accident, please call the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, or email us at news(at) and we will get you in touch with the right people. Coming forward is very important in this case, as investigators work to determine exactly what happened.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — A 12-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car Sunday evening near the intersection of West Palmetto Park Road and Boca Del Mar Drive.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says that Shoshana Rachel Stern of the 7000 block of San Sebastian Drive was crossing “from the south side of West Palmetto Park Road to the north side of West Palmetto Park Road while utilizing the crosswalk. (Stern) was on a skateboard and physically pedaling across the roadway on her skateboard.”

A 2005 Ford Mustang driven by 24-year-old Marvin Stanley James of Beech Drive in West Palm Beach apparently entered the intersection and struck the young girl, killing her.

It is unclear whether the girl — or the driver — had the right of way.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Vehicle Homicide Investigation team is handling the case.

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  3 comments for “Girl Struck, Killed By Car In Central Boca Raton

  1. Lilly
    April 16, 2013 6:21 pm at 6:21 PM

    I can tell you who had the right of way – the driver. I was there, I saw it happen. She almost got hit by another car beforehand by using the crosswalk while it was RED. The light for the car was green. There was no way to see her from where they were coming. It’s a shame these stories are trying to pin the blame on the driver when it wasn’t the drivers fault. it was a tragic accident. Two families lives have now been forever affected – the girl’s and the drivers. I’ll be praying for both families.

    • Jack
      April 17, 2013 9:38 pm at 9:38 PM

      “Lilly,” if you are really a witness, then you also will know if the car had time to stop or slow down before striking the girl. The tone of your posting seems angry so I’d guess you are probably related to, or are siding with the driver for whatever your reasons. Nonetheless, just because the light may have been green in the driver’s favor, that certainly did not give him a clear right not to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. What if the pedestrian had been blind? Would a driver be allowed to strike a person like that? So why is a child any different? I find your story to also lack credibility because in light of what happened why do you write it’s a “shame” to “pin the blame on the driver.” He was operating the vehicle and he did kill a little girl crossing in a pedestrian crosswalk. You claim to have seen the accident happen but what did you do to warn the little girl. Please tell us — and the vehicular homocide division — of those facts. Then maybe your “eyewitness testimony” will be more believable.

    • Denny
      April 21, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 AM

      Lily , I have to agree w/ Jack if you are driving a car and the other one isn’t I feel it is the drivers fault….. Period !!!! A animal does not know the laws but some how I manage to not hit them. It is sad for the girls family and if you can’t see you should not be driving bottom line.

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