Anyone familiar with West Palm Beach or other South Florida cities knows what a canal is. These are man-made drainage trenches controlled by Utilities and Drainage Districts, and they are there to alleviate flood risks and also for irrigation. They are often fenced-off and are known for being home to alligators. From time to time, we see car accidents in which a vehicle ends up in the one of the canals, which often results in serious personal injury or even death.
According to a recent news article from the Palm Beach Post, a 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly crashed his car in to a canal in West Palm Beach and swam across the canal to flee the accident. The car was submerged in deep water in this canal at the time, and there was a female passenger still trapped inside. Continue reading →