Motorcycle rider identified in fatal Boca Raton crash that shut down traffic for hours Saturday

Investigators say speed led to accident

SUBURBAN BOCA RATON, Fla. - Authorities have identified the person who was killed while riding their motorcycle in Boca Raton Saturday evening.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say 18-year-old William Willard of Boca Raton was traveling westbound on his Yamaha, approaching the intersection of Golf Course Road at around 8:30 p.m. That's when 82-year-old Francisco Curril, also from Boca Raton collided with Willard. 

Curril was in a Toyota Corolla attempting to turn left at Golf Course Road while heading eastbound on Glades Road.

Investigators said the front right side of the car crashed into the motorcycle and the impact ejected the Willard, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Curril and his passenger were transported to West Boca Medical Center, where they sustained minor injuries.

Witnesses told PBSO the motorcycle rider was driving at a high rate of speed at the time of the accident.

A witness at the scene described the crash as sounding like a "bomb went off."

Another witness said she tried helping the man, but there was nothing she could do because of the severity of his injuries.

"I mean I felt like if it was my child, I want someone there with him for his last moments, because he is somebody's son, somebody's friend, somebody's boyfriend. You know, it's just really sad," said Tracey Olnick, who lives just across the street from where the accident happened.

Investigators spent hours trying to recreate the scene, to figure out what exactly happened during the wreck.

The investigation kept the westbound lanes of Glades road just west of Florida's Turnpike closed for hours.

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