Joseph Vinsky remembers the anxiety that filled him as his voice mail played urgent messages from his parents and — more troubling — the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
It was the morning of Feb. 14 when Vinsky, 41, of Allentown, Pa., learned that a 2004 Jeep Liberty had struck his older sister, Paula Vinsky, as she walked along Calamondin Boulevard in Loxahatchee the night before.
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2013 hit-and-run crashes
June 25: David Robert Larsen, 45, died after being struck by a driver while he rode his bike on Okeechobee Boulevard east of State Road 7 in suburban West Palm Beach. No arrests have been made.
June 17: Luis Dias, 23, of Lake Worth, died when a 1999 Ford SUV struck him from behind while he biked along Kirk Road in suburban Lake Worth. Victor Gutierez, 30, of West Palm Beach, who police say was behind the wheel of the SUV, was arrested the same day.
June 16: Katherine Rigby, 40, of The Acreage, died after a Chevrolet Tahoe struck her while she biked with her 13-year-old son. Robert M. Barbieri was arrested July 9.
March 30: Joseph D’Errico, 26, of Boynton Beach died after being struck by a car while he crossed Old Boynton Road. Police arrested Susan LaRocca, 31, on April 18. Her lawyer told police she wanted to turn herself in 12 hours after the incident.
Feb. 13: Paula Vinsky, 47, of Loxahatchee, died after she was struck from behind while walking alongside a dirt road. Megan Mathis faces charges after she turned herself in May 31 as part of a deal with the state attorney’s office. Mathis came forward days after the crash and authorities examined her SUV.
Hit and run accidents
Palm Beach County Florida
Year Crashes Fatalities Crashes Fatalities
2011 3,381 9 65,580 162
2012 4,544 6 72,141 169
2013* 1,722 5 24,659 64
Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles