LAWSUIT: Driver In Fatal West Boca Teen Bike Crash Refuses Access


Driver Accused Of Killing Jonathan Feltingoff Was Cited Twice In 2019, Is Reportedly Uninsured


BOCA RATON, FL ( — A lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court alleges that the driver who is accused of killing Jonathan Feltingoff, 16, was uninsured and refuses to allow investigators to inspect the car.

Feltingoff, according to a police report provided to media by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, was biking in the area of The Oaks on April 14th, when Jayna Valbrun struck him in a 2013 Toyota. Feltingoff was pronounced dead later in the day.

A records search reveals Valbrun, 20, was cited twice in 2019 — once for violating the restrictions of a “learner’s permit,” and also for failure to use a signal while turning.

According to the lawsuit which demands access to the vehicle:

“Yvena Eugene and Yana Valbrun currently have exclusive possession of the subject motor vehicle that struck the Plaintiff on April 14, 2020 and have denied the Plaintiff access to the vehicle.

Within that vehicle there is available downloaded electronically stored information which is also referred to as “black box”, also known as an event data recorder (EDR) evidence which shows such things as the speed of the vehicle, position of the throttle, brake application, airbag deployment, seatbelt use, steering angle and other factors before and after a crash.

Said information is critical to the prosecution of Plaintiff’s claim and is subject to being destroyed and/or erased by continued use of the vehicle by Defendants.”

The suit adds:

“The Plaintiffs request the Defendants to: cease using said vehicle until this retrieval can be accomplished so the required information will not be spoiled.

To provide a reasonable time and place at the Plaintiff’s wishes where the said retrieval can take place with 24 hours’ notice.”

The suit states that access to the data is imperative to understanding what happened.

“According to the Florida Crash Report there are no witnesses to the subject accident.”

The suit says Jayna Valbrun and Yvena Eugene have refused to respond to communication requesting access to the vehicle.

It was not immediately clear why Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide investigators did not download the data as part of their investigation into the crash.

No charges have been filed.

Here is the original reporting on the fatal crash.




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