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Palm Beach County deputy ticketed for speeding, running stop sign in crash that injured teenager

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 12:57:40-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A Palm Beach County deputy who investigators said ran a stop sign and crashed into a car, critically injuring a teen, was issued two traffic tickets for the incident.

WPTV confirmed that Michael D'Avanzo was ticketed for speeding and running a stop sign.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney declined to charge D'Avanzo for the July 15 crash in Delray Beach that injured 18-year-old Farrah Fox.

Investigators said D'Avanzo was off-duty and driving 53 mph in a 25 mph zone when his pickup ran the stop sign and smashed into a vehicle carrying Fox.

The University of Central Florida student was comatose for a month.

Prosecutors said the stop sign was blocked by a low-hanging tree, and drivers traveling at or above the speed limit would not have seen it.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said D'Avanzo is on active duty.