Two 23-Year-Olds Die in Wellington Wrecks

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UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: The original post had incorrect information about the first crash. It's been fixed, and comment from the PBSO has been added.

Two 23-year-old men were killed in Wellington less than 12 hours apart, according to police.

The first happened at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday -- James Duemig was driving westbound "at a high rate of speed" on Wellington Trace on a Suzuki GSXR motorcycle when 18-year-old Emily Berns attempted to turn left onto Wellington Trace, pulling in front of Duemig, according to police. Duemig, less than two miles from home, smashed into the driver's side of Berns' 2001 Nissan Maxima, flew off the bike, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Berns, who was less than a mile from her house as well, was uninjured. A spokeswoman from the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office said investigations into vehicular deaths can take up to six months before charges might be filed.

The other crash happened at 4:40 Sunday morning, when Maxwell Katz lost control of his 2001 Acura TL on Aero Club Drive near Grumman Court. Traveling south, he spun off the right side of the road; the Acura "broke into several pieces" when it hit a tree, according to the accident report, and Katz was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more drivers in the 20 to 24 age bracket crashed in 2010 than any other age group. In addition, while drivers in the 15 to 19 age group were more likely to be involved in a crash, the 20 to 24 group was more likely than any other to be involved in a fatal crash, with a rate more than 20 percent higher than the 25 to 29 age group.

Here are the 2010 numbers, if you're interested, and the full report below that. There's lots of compelling data in there (plus the revelation that nine Florida residents older than 90 were in alcohol-related crashes).


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How did you determine that Jimmy Duemig was travelling as you put it "at a high rate of speed"?  Just because he was on a motorcycle does not mean he was speeding.  There is an on-going investigation to determine exactly what happened.  Until the findings are released, you should not be assuming or writing anything of that nature.   From what I understand, there may be charges pending against Ms. Burns.  My heart goes out to Emily Burns, although this was a terrible accident, it was an ACCIDENT non-the-less.  I hope in time, she will heal and be able to get on with her life. So sorry she has to deal with this.


so you're saying she doesn't have to look before she pulls out in front of someone? regardless if he was "traveling at a high rate of speed"........ your opinion would be totally different if you knew James.


Max was not ejected I hate how they keep using that word he was in his seat belt and he and the left side of the car were in tacked. he was not thrown from the car max was in his seat belt please dont make it sound like he wasnt!!!!!!!!!!!


You have information wrong. James' accident was around dinner time.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

You're totally right. I read the form wrong; fixing it now. My apologies.


 Also Jimmy wasn't 23 he was 24!

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