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Family of victim in west Delray Beach crash that killed 6 demands justice

Stephanie Julceus says sister among dead
family members of U.S. Highway 441 crash victim speak to WPTV
Posted at 2:49 PM, Feb 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-01 17:52:41-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — There are no charges at this point for the 17-year-old driver involved in a crash that killed six people last week on U.S. Highway 441 west of Delray Beach.

Now the family of one of the victims from the crash is speaking to WPTV, saying they are waiting for justice as they grieve.

Speaking Creole, the husband of one of crash victims talked about his loss.

"He said that his wife left home. She have a daughter of 10. She left home, and his wife was fine, and she never reached back home," the husband said.

His 45-year-old wife, Mirlain Julceus, was driving a SUV along U.S. 441, west of Delray Beach, last Thursday night when the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said her vehicle was rear-ended by a car driven by a 17-year-old.

"She was really a happy person and she had a nickname of Mimi," Stephanie Julceus, Mirlain's sister, said.

Mirlain and her five occupants all died in the crash. The PBSO said the striking car traveled at high rate of speed and there is a suspicion of alcohol or drugs. The boy's father has disputed the PBSO's suspicions.

The 14000 block of U.S. 441 in west Delray Beach, the site of a deadly crash on Jan. 27, 2022 (1).jpg
The 14000 block of U.S. 441 in west Delray Beach, the site of a deadly crash on Jan. 27, 2022.

"I had a lot of young people I prosecuted," Ellen Roberts, a former prosecutor in Palm Beach County, told WPTV.

Roberts said investigators are likely still processing blood tests and gathering information as the victims' families call for justice.

"You see such tragedy in these cases because, in reality, the defendant didn't mean to hurt anybody," Roberts said. "He did something incredibly stupid and irresponsible."

PBSO deputies said their investigation is still ongoing. Roberts said it can take time and if there are charges, it could be months if there is a trial.