Police Withold Identity Of Victim, Claiming “Marsy’s Law,” Yet Ask For Information About Crash…
Is Family Preventing Police Department From Investigating?
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: 8:05 PM — Boca Police, acknowledging the points we made below, just provided BocaNewsNow.com with the following statement: “The victim is a 66-year-old female. At this time, this case is an active criminal investigation; however, if the investigation is determined to be non-criminal in nature, the victim’s information would become releasable at that time.”
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — In what appears to be a stunningly misguided use of “Marsy’s Law,” the controversial Florida law that is supposed to protect victims and their families from abuse, the Boca Raton Police Department is asking for tips about a fatal bike crash — yet providing no information about the victim. Police say the victim’s family wants that information blocked.
But by blocking even the most basic data — whether the victim is male, female, black, white, Hispanic, old, young — police are stopping potential witnesses from knowing that they witnessed anything. If someone saw a bicyclist in the general area of the crash on Friday suffer a medical issue a mile before the crash, weave in and out of traffic, appear distracted, or do something else that seems out of the ordinary, they’ll have no idea if the person they saw is the person who is now dead. It is a huge problem, and an example of Marsy’s Law being inappropriately used to the extent that it could thwart the investigation into what truly happened.
The crash, in the area of 500 NW Spanish River Blvd., occurred Friday at roughly 12:30 p.m. Police say a 2013 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound on Spanish River Boulevard when it struck a bicyclist who was also traveling westbound. The bicyclist sustained head trauma and was pronounced deceased on scene.
If you have any general information about the crash, you are asked to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Jeffery Van Camp at (561) 620-6098.
If you know the identity of the victim, use the form below to let us know. Maybe a BocaNewsNow.com reader saw something, but needs to know that they saw something before they say something.
To the family of the victim: let the public help figure out what happened. Hiding your loved one’s identity is inappropriate and could result in vital information never making its way to investigators. Please let police provide enough information for the public to truly be able to offer assistance.
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