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Palm Beach County deputy won't be charged for off-duty crash that injured teen

UCF student was comatose for a month
Posted: 7:22 PM, Dec 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-16 19:22:07-05
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy will not face charges for allegedly running a stop sign while speeding and crashing into a car, critically injuring a teenager.

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

Investigators say the Palm Beach County deputy was driving 53 mph (85 kph) in a 25 mph (40 kph) when his pickup ran the stop sign and smashed into a truck carrying Fox. The University of Central Florida aeronautics engineering student was comatose for a month and remains in rehabilitation.

Prosecutors said Thursday the stop sign was blocked by a low-hanging tree and drivers traveling at or above the speed limit would not have seen it. D'Avanzo remains on duty. Fox's family declined comment.