BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The hit and run killing of United States Federal Judge Sandra Feuerstein on Friday is the latest crash in East Boca Raton that has led to a death, injury, or significant property damage.
The Boca Raton Police Department did not issue a media advisory on the death — a notable decision as residents say the police department is not doing enough to control speed on Ocean Drive, Federal Highway and Dixie Highway — all which are under the jurisdiction of the city’s police department. (News app readers access our full report). It is unclear if the lack of media release was an oversight, or a police decision set by Boca Raton Police Chief Michelle Miuccio. We have published the complete police report, below. It was obtained from the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts and not the police department.
Among the most recent incidents:
On April 9, 2021: Federal Judge Sandra Feuerstein was killed while crossing Ocean Drive in Boca Raton. A hit and run driver was later stopped in Delray Beach. She claimed she was Harry Potter. A six year old was also injured.
On February 22nd, Boynton Beach resident Leann Cheatham was killed in the 2800 block of North Federal Highway when she was ejected from her vehicle in a high speed crash. Area residents and workers calling BocaNewsNow.com say they repeatedly called Boca Raton Police asking for traffic enforcement on Federal Highway.
On February 14th, a driver plowed through traffic signs on A1A (Ocean Drive). From that police report: “A caller stated that a maroon Honda Ridgeline was driving all over the roadway and was unable to maintain a single lane. The caller also said that the vehicle struck a bicycle sign on the east side of North Ocean Blvd. After striking the sign, the vehicle continued northbound away from the crash.” It was a motorist — and not the police — that pulled in front of the vehicle to slow it down. Again, area residents and workers called BocaNewsNow.com, claiming that they repeatedly reported unsafe traffic conditions to Boca Raton Police.
The alleged issues date back several years.
On December 18th, 2014, an elderly couple was killed while crossing A1A (Ocean Drive). Our report on that killing is here.
In a region where police departments, including Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office issue media advisories every day on the actions of their officers, it is unclear why Boca Raton Police issued no advisory on the killing of a federal judge, or the injuries sustained by a six year old. It is unclear what traffic enforcement patrol was underway at the time of the crash.
We published the complete police report earlier today.
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