Family thought Boynton girl who died in wreck was asleep in bed


Josie Saint Fleur thought her 13-year-old daughter was asleep in bed, right up until she learned Karenine Saint Louis was dead.

The straight-A student was killed before dawn Sunday when a car driven by a 17-year-old her mother doesn’t know lost control on a wet road west of Lantana and slammed into two trees, authorities say.

“Our heart is breaking in two,” aunt Marie Wislaine Bontemps said Monday. The girl’s mother had handed her the phone when a reporter called; she said the mother was too distraught to talk.

“She’s been crying all day. She lost her voice,” Bontemps said.

The aunt said the girl died on the seventh birthday of her little sister, Rodjanie.

According to a Palm Beach County sheriff’s report, Karenine, who lives west of Boynton Beach, was in a car driven by Jimmy Aguirre, 17, of Greenacres. His 2002 Fort F-150 pickup was in the center lane of southbound Jog Road, south of Lantana Road, about 5 miles north of the girl’s home, at about 5:30 a.m.

Aguirre “thought a vehicle in the center lane may have been coming too close and oversteered to the left,” a report said. It said the truck fish-tailed on the rain-soaked roadway, went up on the center median and hit a tree, then spun and hit a second tree around the passenger’s door.

Karenine was taken to Delray Medical Center, where she as pronounced dead, the report said. It said the driver suffered minor injuries and no charges were filed while the investigation goes on. The report said neither person wore seat belts and there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Karenine’s father, who is in Haiti, has been told of her death, Marie Wislaine Bontemps said. She said Karenine’s family came from Haiti in 2001 and Karenine was born in Boynton Beach. Her mother is a nurse’s assistant.

The girl had attended Trinity Christian Academy west of Lake Worth and was about to start her third year at the Somerset Canyons charter schools in suburban Boynton Beach as an eighth-grader.

Somerset Principal George Groezinger said Monday he was new and did not know the girl. Somerset staff members who knew her were not available for comment.

Marie Wislaine Bontemps said the family did not know the driver and had “no idea” why the girl was out with him at that hour.

“We thought she was home the whole time,” Bontemps said.

She said the family had not yet reached out to Aguirre or his family. The Post was unable to reach the boy’s family.

Marie Wislaine Bontemps said no funeral arrangements have yet been made.

She said her niece was a cheerleader at the school and aspired to be a psychiatrist.

“She was the sweetest girl in the family,” the aunt said. “Outgoing. Caring. Willing to help anybody.”



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