Parents of FL teens killed in wrong-way crash with 99yo driver get $11M

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on April 11th, 2019

West Palm Beach, Florida: A federal jury in Florida has awarded $10 million to the parents of two teenagers killed in a head-on crash with an RV driven by a 99-year-old Michigan man, bringing the total to $11 million.

The Palm Beach Post reports the verdict came back Wednesday, following a two-day trial. Authorities say trucking executive and developer Walter Roney was driving the wrong way on a Fort Pierce divided highway in February 2018 when he crashed into 17-year-old Britney Poindexter and 18-year-old Santia Feketa’s pickup truck.

Stepmom remembers Santia Feketa and ‘absolute best friend’ Britney Poindexter: “They were peanut butter and jelly.” https://t.co/nWXnR2Br8X pic.twitter.com/JGCV4t88CI— TCPalm PrepZone (@TCPalmPrepZone) February 9, 2018

The girls died in the crash. Roney died three days later.

Besides the $10 million from Roney’s estate, the parents previously reached a $1 million settlement with Roney’s girlfriend, 75-year-old Carolyn Bruns. That lawsuit asserted she was acting as Roney’s caregiver and could’ve saved the girls.

wo St. Lucie County teens died and two people were hospitalized after a crash Tuesday night at Okeechobee and Midway roads that closed part of Okeechobee Road, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Santia Myriah Feketa, 17, of Fort Pierce, and Britney Lee Poindexter, 16, of Port St. Lucie, were killed after a two-car crash just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to an FHP news release.

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A 1986 Mirage driven by Walter Arther Roney, 98, was driving west in the eastbound lane of Okeechobee Road when it hit a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Feketa just west of Midway Road near mile marker 137, FHP said.

Roney, of Dearborn, Michigan, and his passenger, Carolyn Elizabeth-Evans Bruns, 75, of Brighton, Michigan, were taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce. Roney was listed in critical condition, while Bruns was in serious condition, FHP said.

FHP’s traffic monitoring site showed eastbound lanes of Okeechobee road were closed.

The area where the crash occurred has two lanes going east and two going west separated by a grass median. It is a rural area not far from the so-called Bridge to Nowhere.

“Britney loved life more than anyone I know,” said Mckenzie Perslin, 18. “No matter what happened she always had a smile on her face.”

Savannah Yarborough, 17, said Feketa was “just hysterical.”

“As soon as she walked in the room she’d light you up,” Yarborough said. “All she knew was to crack some jokes and make you happy.”

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