The teen driver at the center of a 2017 crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and sparked a legal fight over who is responsible and when has been arrested on unrelated drug-possession charges, documents show.
Jimmy Aguirre, 19, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday, then released after posting a $3,000 bond. He's charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, a third-degree felony.
Early on July 9, 2017, Karenine Saint Louis, 13, sneaked out of her suburban Boynton Beach home, met a Lyft driver at the gate of her community and rode to Aguirre’s home 8 miles away in Greenacres. Her mother, a nurse who was working overnight, learned she’d met Aguirre, then 17, online.
About four hours after arriving, the girl made plans to go home, but Aguirre’s Lyft account balance was too low to hire a ride. His learner’s permit required an adult in the front seat, but the girl said he’d have to drive her.
On the way, police said, Aguirre lost control of a pickup on a wet road and it slammed into two trees, killing the eighth-grade honor student. Police eventually issued Aguirre four traffic citations totaling $514 in fines, which he has paid.
The girl’s parents sued Aguirre and also Lyft, saying the chain of events that ended in her death wouldn’t have begun if the driver hadn’t violated company policy barring rides to minors.
A judge ruled Lyft could not be held liable for something that happened so much later. Lawyers for the family have appealed. Aguirre remains a defendant in the original case.
In Wednesday’s arrest, Aguirre had 28.5 grams — about an ounce — of marijuana, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report.
It said deputies saw Aguirre’s car parked on a sidewalk north of Lake Worth Road and west of Military Trail, near his Greenacres home. The deputies smelled burning marijuana and saw four males — two age 19 and the others 16 and 17 — standing around the car, with Aguirre in the back seat.
The deputies spotted a bag of marijuana near Aguirre and saw a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun that had been reported lost in Broward County, the report said.