Delray’s James Avirett Charged Following Fatal Wreck


DELRAY BEACH, FL ( (Source: Delray Beach Police Media Advisory) — A pedestrian badly injured Saturday night when she was hit by a jeep has died of her injuries. Delray Beach Police Department traffic homicide investigators said that Dara Treechatinant, 41, of Palm Springs was walking on a sidewalk on Southwest 29 Street when she was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by James Avirett, 37, of Delray Beach.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported her to Delray Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on Tuesday. 

Around 8:25 p.m. on Saturday, Avirett was southbound on Congress Avenue when he sideswiped a police car and then fled. While turning on Southwest 29 Street, he hit a second vehicle before hitting Treechatinant and then a pole. Avirett was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended license. The investigation into the crash that killed Treechatinant is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this crash is urged to contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Ron Brown at (561) 243-2918