BREAKING: Arrest made in wreck that killed Keiser University student


A West Palm Beach man has been arrested in the February wreck that killed a 23-year-old Keiser University student near the school’s campus, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.

Kevin Brown Jr., 25, faces charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving. He was booked Saturday into the Palm Beach County Jail and released later that day on a $10,000 surety bond, according to jail records. As a condition of his release, Brown cannot drive, a judge ordered.

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Eric Tarmey of Lighthouse Point was pronounced dead late Feb. 3 at the scene of the wreck on Military Trail near Community Drive. Brown was seriously injured in the wreck.

Brown was driving a 2010 Nissan at about 90 mph at 9:30 that night on Military Trail, sheriff’s authorities said. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph.

Tarmey turned left into the northbound lanes of traffic on Military in a 2010 Volkswagen. Brown’s Nissan slammed into the passenger’s side of Tarmey’s Volkswagen, causing both cars to spin out of control.

Tarmey appeared to have been turning into Keiser’s campus.

In a Facebook post after the fatal wreck, Keiser President Gary Vonk indicated Tarmey was a student at the university’s flagship campus in West Palm Beach.

“It is with tremendous sadness and regret that I inform the Keiser University community of a tragic vehicle accident which claimed the life of Eric Tarmey,” Vonk wrote. “With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Eric, a vibrant and promising young man.”

Witnesses told authorities Brown was quickly weaving in and out of lanes before the wreck. Brown admitted to speeding, estimating he was going “truthfully, around 65, 65, 70,” sheriff’s office records state. He thought the speed limit was 50 mph.

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Records indicate Brown’s driver’s license was suspended as of Aug. 22 for failing to pay a traffic fine. His license was suspended again in October for another violation, likely related to insurance, sheriff’s authorities wrote in the arrest report.

Brown, however, does not face a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to court documents.

An outpouring of social media posts after the wreck told of Tarmey not just as a standout on the Keiser soccer team, but also a great basketball player full of witty one-liners.

“This is some of the worst news I have ever had to wake up to, but I know you’d want us all to be strong,” friend Kounty Price wrote in a heartfelt Facebook post, later adding: “There was nobody like you ET. We love you man and we’ll see you again one day.”



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