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Driver, 86, Hits Accelerator Instead Of Brake, Kills Housemate

Boynton Beach Florida News Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Boynton Beach Death.

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boynton Beach man accidentally hit the accelerator in his 2020 Lexus instead of the brake, lunging the vehicle into his housemate. She died.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tells BocaNewsNow.com that Howard Frelich, 86, of 12787 Coral Lakes Drive was “backing southbound into his drive, while Ilene Kesselhaut was standing on the sidewalk next to the driveway. As Frelich was backing, he pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. The car drove up onto the sidewalk, striking Kesselhaut.”

“Freilich continued backing in a circle and came to rest in the driveway across the street from his residence,” added PBSO.

Investigators say that Kesselhaut, 78, was transported to Delray Medical Center where she died as a result of her injuries. Foul play is not considered as a cause and “this does not appear to be an intentional act.” Kesselhaut lists the same residential address as Frelich.

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