Monday, March 28, 2022

Student Dies From Bus Stop Crash

One of the four high school students who was hit by a driver while waiting at their school bus stop Tuesday morning has died. Fifteen-year-old Tiana Johnson, died early Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The Sheriff’s Office did not provide an update on the conditions of the three other Royal Palm Beach High School students. The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. in the area of Crestwood Boulevard and Cypress Lakes Drive when Angel Antonio Lopez, of Royal Palm Beach, lost control of his car, hit a curb, drove onto the sidewalk and hit the crowd of children. A news reports says, charges against Lopez are pending. The School District of Palm Beach County decided to permanently relocate that bus stop.

Brown Sugar Festival Potentially Canceled

A news affiliate reports, the family of Evereonna Sankey, who was shot and killed at the Brown Sugar Festival last year, has Filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Sources say the Sankey family claims negligent security led to Evereonna’s death and that organizers knew the environment could be dangerous. After speaking with several residents and Hendry County commissioners, it still unclear whether or not the festival will take place this year, as the Sankey family has asked that the event be canceled entirely, in honor of her daughter’s memory, and the fact that her killer has not been caught. WAFC has not confirmed rumors of a smaller, more scaled back festival, as opposed to the crowded event that draws people from all around Southwest Florida. We will continue attempts to reach out to the Brown Sugar Festival Committee for details.  

Local Charged With Sexual Battery

On Wednesday, March 23, Hendry County Detectives arrested 43-year-old Jerardo Vasquez of LaBelle, on charges of Sexual Battery on a Victim under the age of 12. Hendry County Deputies were dispatched to the home of the victim, where they learned that the sexual abuse happened approximately 2-3 years prior to the victim reporting it. Jerardo Vasquez was taken into custody and transported to the Hendry County Jail on charges of Sexual Assault on a victim under the age of 12.  Vasquez is currently being held on $500,000.00 bond.