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Delray Beach Identifies Train Crash Victims After We Again Threaten Legal Action

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Delray Beach Police finally identified the victims of last week’s Brightline vs. SUV crash.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

DELRAY BEACH, FL ( (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — More than a week after two people were killed while driving an SUV in front of a Brightline Train in Delray Beach, and the City of Delray Beach Police Department is finally releasing the identities of the victims., for the third time in just a month, had to threaten legal action to obtain the public information from the Delray Beach Police Department.

The victims are identified as driver Arthur Jacobson, born June 22, 1940. His passenger is identified as Bette Jacobson, born May 16, 1945. We have learned that they both lived part-time in Kings Point. They spent the rest of the year in Milford, CT.

The following was released by police Friday morning: “The Delray Beach Police Department Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating a February 8th fatal crash involving a vehicle and Brightline Train. Witnesses stated they saw a Nissan Rogue stopped on the eastern most track, with the safety arms down, as a northbound freight train passed them on the western track without making contact. The car’s driver and passenger remained in their SUV as a southbound Brightline train approached the intersection seconds later, striking the vehicle. The couple was pronounced deceased on scene. 

The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) is working a parallel investigation with Delray Beach Police Traffic Homicide Investigators.  Anyone who saw the crash or has any relevant information is asked to contact DBPD traffic homicide investigator Jesus Tabares at (561) 243-7800.”


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