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DELRAY BEACH — After a crash killed six people near Delray Beach in January, one of the victims’ family members is suing the parents of a teen driver in the tragedy.
Robens Innocent, on behalf of his late wife, Mirlaine Julceus, is seeking financial damages from Noah Galle’s parents, Craig and Helena Galle. The lawsuit accuses them of being responsible for any “negligent acts” by their son, saying they had a duty to ensure he drove safely.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel couldn’t reach the Galles family for comment this week.
The lawsuit, recently filed by attorney F. Gregory Barnhart, says Julceus’ 9-year-old daughter was “wholly dependent upon [Julceus’] services and support” and has incurred “mental pain and suffering” as a result of her death.
Noah Galle, in a 2019 BMW, was speeding up State Road 7 just west of Delray Beach on Jan. 28, when the BMW collided with a car full of people, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Galle, of Wellington, was 17 when the crash happened. In a news release, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office checked off a box titled “Alcohol/Drugs,” indicating that investigators were examining whether the teen was under the influence. Galle’s injuries were minor, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The report said Galle was speeding north in the inside lane on State Road 7 when he ran into the rear of a northbound 2018 Nissan Rouge driven in the inside lane by Julceus, 44, of West Palm Beach.
The impact caused the Nissan to rotate clockwise off the road and into the center median, where it flipped and rolled over, landing upside down. Five people in the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene. A sixth person, Mirlaine Julceus, was pronounced dead at Delray Medical Center.
Though no charges have been filed, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said this week its investigation was ongoing,
The lawsuit says Galle “negligently operated his motor vehicle by failing to observe traffic conditions,” drove excessively fast and failed to yield the right of way, leading to the collision.