Suspect arrested in Greenacres fatal hit-and-run crash

Posted at 9:08 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 18:33:09-05

A man was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed two people in Greenacres in December, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials said 24-year-old Jaherald Saint Dic was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of reckless driving, one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving death and four counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The fatal crash happened on Dec. 23 at 3:30 a.m. at Swain Boulevard and Second Street.

Investigators say the driver of a 2013 Porsche Panamera, later identified as Saint Dic, was traveling northbound on Swain Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a 2007 Honda CRV driven by 43-year-old Jaime Avila, killing two of Avila's passengers.

The passengers, 29-year-old Juan Carlos Valasques and 47-year-old Angel Xon, were thrown from the vehicle and killed.  PBSO said two female passengers in the Honda CRV were also seriously injured.

Saint Dic and his three passengers fled the area on foot after the crash, officials say.  PBSO said the three passengers were found near the collision shortly after running from the scene.

A PBSO report said the passengers in Saint Dic's car told investigators he was driving more than 100 mph with his lights turned off at the time of the deadly wreck. Deputies were following the Porsche when the crash occurred, but it is unclear why. 

The area where the wreck occurred is in a residential neighborhood, where the posted speed limit is 30 mph, PBSO said.

Saint Dic's passengers gave PBSO a description of him, which helped deputies make the arrest.

Saint Dic was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail just after 6 p.m. Monday.

During a Tuesday morning court hearing, a judge issued a bond of $1.3 million and ordered house arrest. Saint Dic cannot have contact with the victims' families or witnesses.