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WHAT IS DELRAY PD HIDING? Request For Details Of New Year’s Eve Crash Yields Bizarre Response

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IS CITY OF DELRAY BEACH COVERING UP INVOLVEMENT OF A CITY OFFICIAL? LACK OF INFORMATION NOTABLE… BIZARRE RESPONSE FROM CITY ON THURSDAY…

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The scene on December 31, 2022 on Atlantic Avenue near the Intracoastal in Delray Beach. Police still will not release names or an official narrative of what happened. (Photo: BocaNewsNow.com reader).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Delray Beach Police Department continues to offer no legitimate information about the December 31st crash on Atlantic Avenue that left four people critically injured. Despite multiple requests from BocaNewsNow.com for complete details of what happened — including the name of anyone charged — Delray Beach Police officials refuse to provide that information.

Sources raised the possibility — in the days after the crash — that someone related to a law enforcement officer or City of Delray Beach official was responsible for the critical crash. Several suggested, without proof, that Delray’s new police chief Russ Mager had a connection. The City won’t say anything about it. Chief Mager did not respond to an email on January 2nd from BocaNewsNow.com.

As we reported at the time — thanks to eyewitnesses but without information from Delray Beach PD — someone slammed into four people crossing Atlantic Avenue near the Intracoastal around 10 p.m. on December 31st. Despite the high profile nature of the crash, Delray Beach PD took days to respond to a request for information, and when the department did respond, it only provided the very basics.

Sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that the conduct of officers at the scene may be an issue. Eyewitnesses suggest that the woman driving the striking vehicle was permitted to “wipe” her cell phone of all data and call logs before turning it over to the police, possibly removing evidence that she was talking or FaceTiming at the time of the crash. There is no official information suggesting that she was on the phone, but, simultaneously, Delray Beach PD won’t provide details with information to the contrary.

In a bizarre email exchange Thursday afternoon, Delray Beach Police Department Public Information Officer Ted White referred a request for information to the city’s “records custodian.” That person responded to BocaNewsNow.com saying our request for information was “vague” and that a case number or name of person involved would be required to process the request. Delray Beach Police refuse to provide the case number or the name of anyone involved.

In a subsequent phone call, Ted White told BocaNewsNow.com that despite being the public information officer, he does not have access to the report and would not request the police department print it and send it — even to curb rumors that police were involved in some sort of a coverup.

We note every other police department in South Florida routinely — and proactively — issues statements, narratives, and frequently police reports for major incidents within hours of the incident occurring. Do you have information about the crash? Call or text 561-576-NEWS (6397).

Andrew Colton hosts South Florida’s First News weekday mornings from 6-10 on NewsRadio 610 WIOD. Listen on-air, online, in the iHeart Radio App, or tell Alexa, Google, or Siri to play NewsRadio 610 WIOD.

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