- Eliot Kleinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Authorities have identified the man who died Thanksgiving Day along with a West Palm Beach man when their car went into a retention pond south of Boca Raton as Robert Mariam Pompa, 39, of Miami.
Pompa and William Travieso, 46,, were in a 2006 Honda Accord that was northbound on Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach at about noon Thursday when the driver lost control near Hillsboro Boulevard, the northernmost exit in Broward County, and went into the pond, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a release.
The Florida Highway Patrol has said witnesses reported the car was driving erratically and lost control as it tried to change lanes. The two men were taken to Broward Health North, in nearby Pompano Beach, where they were declared dead, a report said.
Authorities haven’t determined which of the two was driving. The report said it was unknown if any of the two wore safety belts. It said alcohol was not a factor with either person.
Travieso’s sister and brother have told The Palm Beach Post on Friday that he had lived for several years at his father’s home on the 3200 block of Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach, near Conniston Middle School, but recently had been living with a girlfriend in Broward County. They said he had been working for a construction firm doing home remodeling and was on his way to West Palm Beach to pick up a paycheck at the time of the crash.
The relatives had said Friday they believed the other person in the car was a man who lived with Travieso and his girlfriend, but said Tuesday they did not recognize the name.