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Kathleen J. Boos of Palm Coast and Carl W. Boos Are Killed in A1A Crash, One Critical

| March 11, 2016

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The driver of the Mercury Sable is believed to have caused the wreck while trying to attempt a passing maneuver. Click on the image for larger view. He was flown to Halifax hospital in critical condition. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: Saturday, 7:38 a.m.

Two people were killed, one was injured critically and one was injured seriously as a result of a head-on crash on State Road A1A at 6:25 p.m. A third person was treated for minor injuries at the scene, and released.

The victims killed in the crash were Kathleen J. Boos, a 66-year-old resident of Surf Drive in Palm Coast, and her brother-in-law, Carl Boos, 67, of Easton, Penn. Kathleen was at the wheel of a Ford Fusion. Carl had been visiting his brother, who was recovering from a recent surgery. (An FHP report on the crash, issued just after midnight, erroneously listed the brother’s name as the victim, rather than Carl’s. FHP corrected its error at 7:43 a.m. Saturday, after being informed of it by FlaglerLive, which had reported the correct name at 10:32 p.m. Friday.)

William G. Schwarz, 52, of Ormond Beach, was injured critically. Brittinia Dimattia, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M., was seriously injured (and subsequently listed as critical in an FHP report). Four other people involved in the wreck were not injured.

The wreck took place around 3434 North Ocean Shore Boulevard, just north of Painters Hill. That area of A1A closed in both directions and was expected to remain closed well into the night as several units of the Florida Highway Patrol conducted their homicide investigation.

The crash, which involved four vehicles, was reportedly caused by the driver of one of the vehicles, a Mercury Sable, attempting to pass another, triggering the head-on collision with the Fusion. But investigators were still piecing together exactly how the wreck unfolded, as there were no immediate witnesses–only distant witnesses who saw the Fusion spinning and heard the explosion of the the impact. A doctor who helped at the scene in the immediate aftermath told investigators that she smelled alcohol on the breath of the driver of the Mercury.

By Saturday morning, investigators had concluded–according to an FHP report–that Kathleen Boos was driving north in her Fusion, while Schwarz was driving the Mercury south. Schwarz attempted to pass an Infinity that was also driving south. Schwarz struck the Fusion head-on, pushing the Fusion into the path of the Infinity, causing yet another head-on collision between the Infinity and the Fusion. The Infinity itself rotated counterclockwise into the path of a Buick.

The Fusion was the most heavily damaged, ending up facing south in the middle of A1A. Flagler Beach Fire Department crews worked until 8:30 p.m. to remove the bodies of the victims from the Fusion. (The rescue scene was under Lt. Steve Cox’s command, the crash scene under FHP’s command.) Medical Examiner personnel drove the bodies away at 9 p.m., for autopsies in St. Augustine.

The Mercury’s front was beyond recognition. The vehicle ended up on the east shoulder facing north, about 20 to 30 yards north of the Fusion. A little south of the Fusion, the Buick Lacrosse and the Infinity were welded together, facing north, on the east shoulder of A1A, the front right of the Buick having smashed into the left rear of the Infinity. The Infinity–which had New Mexico license plates–also sustained severe front-left damage. Dimattia, the driver of the Infinity, was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler.

Francis John Riva Jr., 56, was driving the Buick Lacrosse, with three passengers: Kathleen Riva, 56, Stefani Milstrev, 26, and Christian Riva, 17, all from Valrico, Fla. None was injured.

“It sounded like they didn’t have time to brake. No screeching, just a crash,” said Tim Thomas, resident of a house adjacent to the scene of the crash. He described the sound of the collision as an explosion. A retired Episcopal priest, Thomas said he went down to the scene “to see if I could help in any way” immediately after the crash.

The young woman, he said, “was comforted very heroically by somebody in the neighborhood.” Her father arrived just in time to board the Flagler County Rescue unit that took her to FHF.

Schwarz was flown to Halifax by Flagler County Fire Flight. The two individuals killed in the wreck were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol will release the remaining identities of the victims later. Several units of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and COP officers were also at the scene.

The crash resulted in the second and third fatalities in three days on Flagler County roads. On Thursday, Paul Aiello, a 52-year-old local business owner, was killed a few miles north of tonight’s crash scene, in a single-motorcycle crash near the Hammock Beach Resort.


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One of the vehicles involved in this evening’s wreck was unrecognizable. Two people were killed in the 6:30 p.m. wreck on North Oceanshore Boulevard. (c FlaglerLive)


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Another vehicle involved in the collision. (c FlaglerLive)


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The Infinity, in the foreground, and the Buick Lacrosse in its rear. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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The Mercury. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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The Ford Fusion after the extrication by a Flagler Beach Fire Department crew. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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The Fusion. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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Investigators survey the scene. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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57 Responses for “Kathleen J. Boos of Palm Coast and Carl W. Boos Are Killed in A1A Crash, One Critical”

  1. Geezer says:

    I drove on A1A many times going to Washington Oaks, and just for the sights.
    The one thing that always bothered me was the fact that I never exceeded the
    speed limit there, and always had other drivers try to intimidate me into going faster
    by tailgating me. The closer they got — the slower I went. I realized that this was unsafe,
    and provocative on my part and changed my behavior.

    Avoid passing on A1A, and if you notice a column of cars behind you — pull over and
    just let them go. That’s what I ended up doing to protect myself and the other drivers.
    (even the inconsiderate ones)

    I’m sorry to hear of this terrible accident and just want to ask everyone to be careful.
    If you’re running late for an appointment — just call ahead and advise that you’re running late.

    Being impatient on the road can pay a deadly dividend.

  2. Nervous neighbor says:

    I live right here where the accident took place and have to say…..the amount of reckless driving on this stretch of road is endless. We really need this whole stretch to be a “non-passing” zone. Please ! Just pulling into our driveway seems to upset someone. And I always give ample notice with a turn signal.

    We have quite a few children in the area too. And our school bus is being passed daily by folks in a huge hurry. And he only makes a couple stops.

  3. Pete Klironomos says:

    Awful scene in front my home and the big thing to consider is putting a double yellow line down on the road to at least deter any passing. My daughter was hit turning into our driveway as a tailgating driver intimidated her as she watched the culprit in her rear view mirror and was hit by an oncoming vehicle that went into her passenger side door. The tailgater never stopped or even looked back….just drove off and went on without a hitch. We would appreciate a decrease in the speed limit to 45 MPH and the extra yellow line to at least get the impatient ones thinking if they are capable of it….

  4. Linda Sparda says:

    Its terrible this tradey happened. Im sending my prayers for the families.

  5. Concerned resident says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the victims families.
    Lately it feels like people are not adhering to driving rules. It’s getting worse. A few weeks ago, while yielding to oncoming traffic at the four way traffic stop off the I95 ramp and the 100, at Flagler Beach, I was rear ended. The driver was in a hurry and had his family in the vehicle. Thankfully, I was not pushed into the oncoming traffic as that would have been fatal. My car is just two years old and it feels like everyone wants to get really close instead of adhering to the one or two car space rule. I am still traumatized by the accident. The driver says it was an accident….hell no! I call it negligence. How much faster will one get by tailgating?
    Florida is a no fault state and dangerous drivers are not peanilized enough. They usually are the ones who have the basic minimum insurance coverage or none at all.
    I also wonder what will happen when marajuana is legalized in Florida. More rash drivers on the road along with cell phone texters.
    I agree that if one has to get somewhere but will be late, call and inform. Better late than sorry. Time can not be rolled back and people can not be brought back from the after life, nither bodies be restored to pre accident state.

  6. Another neighbor says:

    This is tragic and I agree with nervous neighbor. I have raised four kids here and the cars flying past bus stops has gotten worse with each year. One of my kids has been almost hit twice. I have people try to pass me in double yellow line as I’m trying to turn into my neighborhood. People don’t obey speed limit from either end. Their either doing 60 or 35 which going too slow is just as much of a hazard as speeding. We had one last year less than a mile south of this one near Painter’s Walk. The couple was arguing she was hanging out the window and he was recklessly speeding and illegally passing cars in double yellow line zone.
    Don’t drink and drive! Do the speed limit and respect the rules of the road. Better to slow down and arrive alive.

  7. MaryJayne k Murphy says:

    I live nearby and I agree with the speed limits of people traveling down A1 A they really zoom ….
    Is very difficult for the families that live off A1 a beach side to get into their driveway or even pull out in a safe manner especially those who have animals .
    Our prayers are sent to the families of this awful tragedy, so much loss but nothing …
    Don’t rush don’t drive crazy it’s not worth your life, no matter where you’re going slow down and pay attention.
    This is a scenic Highway A1A, not a race track.
    Very sorry for the families that had seen this tonight ..

  8. Nick Corgiat says:

    Being the father of the young lady involved in this devastating accident, I would like to personaly thank and commend the Flagler Beach F.D.first responders for their service, dedication, and diligence. More often than not their services are thankless and taken for granted. Please support your local F.D. not only because they have earned it but more so because the deserve it! My sincere condolences to the Boos family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Marlee says:

    I am so sorry to hear this.

    A1A speed limits change up and down from the beginning of the Flagler County line at Marineland all the way south to Flagler Bch.

    Most drivers do not follow these speed limits.
    We never see the FL State police monitoring drivers.

    As horrible as the possibility of a bad accident is, if there were more ticketing it might help.

    You don’t want an accident and you don’t want to pay tons of $$ and points just to get ahead of the next vehicle.

  10. The Truth says:

    Another day, another accident that could have been prevented. There are few things in life that make me more furious than drunk drivers. If in fact this person was driving under the influence, they deserve to be locked up for life. When you make the decision to drive while intoxicated, you are putting the people around you at risk because of your carelessness.

    In most cases, the drunk driver survives while others suffer life altering changes. I am saddened by the loss of these two people. Families will not be the same because of this incident. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.

  11. Roll on 2 says:

    Only thing that would help is more serious law enforcement. The idiots will pass over double yellow lines, on bridges, etc.

  12. confidential says:

    To is one more case of murderous “violation of right of way” by the illegal passing driver. We need those deputies patrolling even more in bike week around here as the anxiety of copy cat high speed and Friday night happy hours etc. affect even more irresponsible drivers. I see all around us some even government and even school personalities taking at local restaurants happy hours the advantage of 2 for one libations up to 4 and 8 drinks and no food and afterwards they walk away to drive themselves….Happy hours should not serve more than 2 for one if food is not ordered along with it.

  13. Laurie T says:

    I want to thank you on behalf of my Brother in law, sister and the family who lost a very wonderful, loving, devoted man in their life, Carl Boos. They are beyond grief stricken. So senseless of lives lost and families left to suffer in grief.

  14. Bc. says:

    I live in Painters Hill on A1A there is a double line outside of my home. The cars come by here 60 and 70 mph all day long passing and ignoring the no passing zone constantly. If they can’t pass they will ride up your butt forcing you to go faster or to pull over. This area from the RV park to Island Estates needs to be controlled by traffic enforcement police.

  15. Richard says:

    A very tragic event, especially sad when the fatalities end up being a driver and passenger that were in no way at fault. I was somewhat surprised that no motorcycles were involved considering the number of bikes that were on the road during bike week. However, bikers tend to play it smart and keep their distance from cars in front of them.

    A1A should indeed be monitored more closely by the police, I live about a 1/2 mile from the scene and it’s rare to see an police cruiser on this stretch of road. At the very least, I agree with others that have suggested that this stretch of A1A be designated as a no-passing zone. I’m not sure dropping the speed limit itself would help as another suggested, I think that would just cause others to attempt passing cars driving the speed limit.

    I wonder if a passing lane farther north/south, where this is room for such a thing would help.

  16. Kt says:

    Coming from the north…I’m amazed and scared how dark Florida is….put some lights up. I have driven that road many times…..way too dark!! Terrible tragedy my prayers are with them

  17. hemisemidemi says:

    Lately, Flagler Beach PD have stationed vehicles on both North and South sides of Flagler Beach. While a good and potentially effective idea, regular drivers of A1A know when it is safe to “gun it”. I drive A1A north from Flagler Beach to Hammock Bridge daily, and passed or tailgated all too often..and I am not a slow driver. In the morning you have the school buses, pedestrians, and people riding bicycles. Riding your bicycle along one of America’s greatest highways should not be considered a death wish. People that hate those who ride on highways…get over it. It’s 2016.

    From Painter’s Hill to Marineland is basically a drag strip. Heading A1A towards Ormond…get past about 12th Ave South and watch em fly. I see no good reason to NOT monitor these stretches…Flagler Beach PD and/or Flagler Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Should not take multiple losses of lives to realize.

  18. Mark Langello says:

    I wanted to reach out the Boos family and express my sorrows. I was the lucky one in this accident as I was traveling north behind the family of four who were hit head on right in front of me. I saw the explosion from the impact and the fusion spin, and the young woman’s car hit the car in front of me. Luckily I was able to react in time to pull off the shoulder and avoid being the fifth car, and gave enough room for the cars behind me to avoid getting hit as well.

    I tried to help the victims right away and was happy the neighbors comforted the young girl as I tried to assist the more serious. The cars going north were not speeding, and in fact going slower than normal and below the speed limit, probably due to the amount of traffic because of Bike Week. The best I can tell everyone involved was following proper and safe driving habits except for the suspected drunk driver who was trying to pass. It was still daylight, and the traffic was heavy yet moving. So for me, in this case, the slower speed limit, or even double lines would not have helped. Since the driver in the Mercury tried to pass when a car was coming head on right in front of him, this displays his inability to read the road and he alone caused the accident by pulling out when the Fusion was in his path. Frank, the driver in front of me, told me he saw this driver driving erratically and pulling in and out of his lane just before the impact. We will have to let the investigation take its course, but probably this is DUI.

    I went to each car and couldn’t help the two in the Fusion, the car doors were pinned closed and windows rolled up, and the driver unresponsive. I went to the Mercury and saw he was alive, but not responsive to my calls to him. I was the first to him, and didn’t smell alcohol, but truth is I was in reactive mood, and wasn’t looking for fault, only what I could do to help. I called 911, described the seriousness of the injuries, and told them we needed the life flight (helicopter). I then tried to clear the scene of all the cars and bikes that were piling up in both directions actually trying to drive through while all this was going on. I ushered a few dozen vehicles out of the scene and then went south and started to stop the traffic for the oncoming police and fire vehicles and then turned the remaining cars around. While doing this so many of the people in those cars and bikes kept asking if motorcycles were involved. Interesting how this assumption was the main question asked. Most people were calm and turned around, some needed directions how to go and I quickly gave them the Colbert land route, and finally I was replaced in traffic control by the Flagler Beach FD.

    I live just a few houses north of this accident and have been here for 36 years. I know of the issues my neighbors commented and agree this road is dangerous, but to be honest, we all decided to live along a highway, and some of this comes with the territory. Drinking and driving and distracted driving (texting, eating, arguing, etc.) is the cause of so many human errors and will continue to be so. My vehicle has front collision avoidance system and warns me of impending objects in my path. I reacted before it kicked in, but again, I was lucky. In the future, as these controls get better, and ultimately computer driven cars are the norm, many of these things can be avoided. Until then, do the right thing, and kiss your kids every day, say I love you to those you do, and remember that live is a gift and can be taken away at any time, so enjoy your life and don’t let the little things get to you. Again, to the Boos family I only wish this could have been avoided.

  19. Family member says:

    Thank you for ur Condolences. It’s a tough time but were pushing through.

  20. Ken Dodge says:

    @Geezer (post #1): You omitted to say how you changed your behavior. Do you increase your speed, or do you get off the road? Reducing one’s speed in front of a tailgater is necessary to protect oneself from a rear-end collision. One has to apply the 2-second rule in such a circumstance. If the indicated speed limit requires 3 car lengths and the tailgater is closer, then slowing down will reduce the critical gap between the vehicles. The only other recourse is to pull over which is fraught with its own risks.

  21. Ken Dodge says:

    Sorry, I just read the rest of your post where you sail you let others pass. It being a familiar road I suppose you picked the spots where you could do that safely. When I find myself in unfamiliar surroundings I have to slow down because I do not know where it is safe to pull over. However, I will never allow a driver behind me to push me to an increased speed where I do not feel safe.

  22. diane errair says:

    I live where this accident happened, on A1A. I regularly watch cars failing to stop for stopped school buses where kids can be hit. I watch cars passing on the right over the shoulder even into the vegetation rather than just waiting for traffic to start back up. When I take a left into my driveway on A1A, cars actually begin to pass me on the left where I’m turning! I slow early, I have my directionals on, I even put my arm out to show I’m turning left into my driveway! yet they speed up and begin to pass me, on the left where I’m turning! I’ve been almost hit so many times. There IS NOT ENOUGH ATTENTION to the roadway in this area. There needs to be a double no passing line, there needs to be a solid line so no one goes onto the shoulder where they lose control, there needs to be caution yellow lights to keep the traffic under control. The traffic is coming out of Flagler Beach and speeding up right in this are and they do NOT need to be speeding, there’s many driveways off the highway, kids on bikes, people crossing to go to the bach, school buses, pedestrians…..PEOPLE THAT DO NOT NEED TO DIE DUE TO SOMEONE ELSES NEGLIGENCE. AND THE DRINKING AND DRIVING – NO WORDS…..DRUNKS KILL. Sympathy to the family that is suffering from their losses.

  23. THE VOICE OF REASON says:

    Geezer: I tried pulling over a few years back to let a line of cars go by on A1A in that area and was told by a cop that he’d let me go once, but if he saw me doing it again he’d ticket me.

  24. Local and realistic says:

    This was likely caused by a drunk driver, based on early reports. It’ a very long, straight stretch of highway that can easily take 70mph traffic. The problem isn’t the speed limit, which is actually too low. It’s people driving along 20mph UNDER the speed limit that forces others to go around them, creating potential accidents. It’s a HIGHWAY. Get moving.

  25. TOM says:

    leave the wrecks there (or large lifesize standup photo boards of the wrecks…… and let people see them….see what happens. leave them everywhere, where the accidents happen, along with the blood stains and as sign “two people died here”… DO NOT Drink and drive, do not text and drive, no not speed, do not take your eyes off the road for a second…… do not kill yourself or anyone else.

  26. chopshop says:

    this is not a accident if ALCHOL was involved. its nothing short of deliberate murder, and they should be charged accordingly. prayers for the families RIP

  27. Geezer says:

    Ken,

    I reduce speed gradually, and if possible (safe), I pull over.
    I don’t want to give the stupid tailgaters the impression that I’m brake-checking them.
    Then we would have a road-rage incident, and we’re all armed in Florida.
    Know what I mean?

    I’d rather see them disappear into the horizon. So I let them and their stupidity pass me.
    I just want to get from point “A” to point “B” without any problems.

    I’m too old to play these stupid road games.

  28. observer says:

    Take a moment to look at William G. Schwarz’ arrest records through florida.arrests.org. This man should have been locked up a long time ago. MANY arrests for leaving scene of accidents, reckless driving, dui, assault, burglary, domestic battery, driving without license, etc.

  29. dave says:

    Such a horrible tragedy.

    I live off of A1A south of Marineland and I lose count of the cars that exceed the speed limits from the Flagler county line all the way up to Painter’s Hill . Its dangerous with impatient drivers attempting a dangerous pass. .
    Sure once in a while the Sheriff dept is around Marineland with radar but they need to patrol AIA a lot more.. Lives mater.

  30. Wanda haring says:

    My condolences go out to the Boos Family, and all families involved in this horrible crash. Carl Boos was a great caring, kind friend,and loved by many. He was a wonderful person to work with,the years we shared at S & L Plastics, now Airlite Plastics. Carl, you will never be forgotten,and always remembered for your blue eyes and plaid shirts.

  31. Neighbors says:

    Well put Mark. I agree with you my family has lived here since the 50’s. We knew what we bought into but also over the years as the population has grown so has the problem. There is no one fix except as one commenter said Respect the rules of the road, put down the phones it can wait and if you have to drink DO NOT drive.
    Condolences to the Boos family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of grief.

  32. My thoughts says:

    Flaglerlive, your pictures are as effective as your words in conveying both the violence and tragedy.

  33. Anonymous says:

    My sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones in this terrible accident. May you be comforted in your grief.

  34. K says:

    Mark thank you so much for your quick reactions and all the help you provided.

  35. Kalen Kessinger says:

    My sincere condolences are with the family.

  36. Lorraine says:

    I know both Kelly the grown daughter of Kathy and knew Kathy Boos as well. Kathy and Kelly (mother and daughter) worked side by side daily at the Sew and Quilt Shop on Moody BLVD. Kathy was an amazing and talented women which I believe Kelly (her daughter) inherited all the same qualities from her mother Kathy.
    My heart and prayers go out to Kelly and her family!! Much love and hugs to all involved!

  37. Linda Sparda says:

    Again, saying prayers for such an awful tradegy.

  38. Marvin & Debra says:

    We just heard of this horrific incident and are crushed to know the loss of Kathy and her brother-in-law. We send our heartfelt condolences to Bob, Kelly, Mark and the family. Please let us know if we can help in any way. This news has been devastating, the family and community has lost a WONDERFUL woman admired by many. So sorry for this loss!

  39. Anita Marko says:

    Carl Boos, one of the tragedies of this accident is a dear uncle and even dearer friend. Words cannot express the horror that we are all experiencing this weekend. Carl was a wonderful man, father, husband, grandfather, uncle, nephew, son, and the list goes on. There is not a person that has ever met this man that did not leave a better person. My condolences to Kathleen Boos family. We hurt for you. From initial reports, it seems as if the driver of the Mercury Sable was intoxicated. Blood tests will reveal the truth. If it is true, what a HORROR. I can only hope, pray and vote that stricter laws are enforced for people like this that CHOOSE to drink and KILL. RIP Carl and Kathleen Boos. Carl, we love you.

  40. Sue Griffith says:

    The Boos family has given so much to the community! This is such a great loss to us all…. Kathy and Kelly have taught so many of us to create wonderful keepsakes and heirloom pieces for our families, and in the process became part of our families as well, amid all the laughter, snacks, and seam rippers! We will never forget any of you….

  41. brian says:

    Sounds to me like IF this person was drunk and has a history these panty waist judges need to do there job and put them away try this in POLK COUNTY and watch way happens the state laws on DUI are rediculous with repeat offenders and now have cost innocent people there lives.

  42. Robert Boos says:

    My last name obviously draws me to this story. I am of no relation to the Boos family that lost so much in this accident, except in name.

    I lost my son Kevin Boos six months ago in a drunk driving “accident” in Tallahassee. He and his two friends were driving to the store when a drunk driver killed the three of them.

    The pain of it is indescribable. The senselessness of it is profound.

    Our deepest sympathies to the Boos family from another Boos family that certainly understands how you all feel today. I wish we could do something to help.

  43. Misty says:

    Tragic!! I too live on A1A close to this accident. Why not put breathalyzer instruments in all cars and disable cell phones as soon as ignition is on? We got along without them before and if we need to call or text, pull off the road!!!!
    Kathleen generously donated cases of yarn to our Church two weeks ago as we have a prayer shawl ministry. Her good deeds will surely be rewarded up above! RIP Kathleen and deep sympathy to both families!!!

  44. gb says:

    I drive all up and down A1A daily in the course of my business, a pool service route…I am extremely careful in my driving, even more so with the (toxic and dangerous) cargo I carry. A1A…is a mess. I recently witnessed a high profile (big wheel) pick up attempt to pass SEVERAL cars at once going south on A1A south of Flagler Beach, around highbridge. I witnessed, in my rear view mirror, the driver losing control and flipping off the side of the road, amazingly the driver missed the other cars he was attempting to pass….scared the hell out of me to watch it unfold. I see dangerous passing DAILY. There is little to no police, either local, or state police presence anywhere on this road that I drive, from Ormond By The Sea, to north of Palm Coast. Heavy doses of ticketing would be a start. And go the speed limit, but NOT 20 miles per hour below it, that is part of the problem as well. Want to sight see? Pull over. My wife says she does a prayer for me every day when I leave to drive that road.

  45. Kathy from NJ says:

    Robert little did you realize that your name is more that what has drawn you to this article. Kathleen Boos husband also shares your name.
    My heart goes out to all the families suffering loss, injury and shock. Prayers for comfort in your hearts as you deal with this tragedy today, tomorrow and for the rest of time.

    On the other hand, for the Driver who caused it all, “Did you get where you were going any faster? You could have just taken the Safer Slower route and None of this would ever have happened!”

  46. Emily says:

    In New Hampshire they have been putting roundabouts, traffic circles, rotary s, (all the same thing) to slow traffic down to enter the roundabout you must yield.
    I must admit they are a pain an even bigger pain to trucks but they work.
    It always seems the innocent are hurt the most in these situations.
    My deepest condolences to all involved.

  47. Anita Marko says:

    William Schwarz, the driver that chose to intoxicate and murder has at a list of arrests, 14, last I checked. From burglary, to cocaine possession to domestic violence. Why he was even FREE to drive and kill is just horrible. I researched him a bit on florida.arrests.org. Florida judicial system, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??????

  48. Anonymous says:

    says:

    March 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Coming from the north…I’m amazed and scared how dark Florida is….put some lights up. I have driven that road many times…..way too dark!! Terrible tragedy my prayers are with them

    Reply

    I also came from the North as I remember we had NIGHT time also. there is a wonderful NEW invention on cars called HEAD LIGHTS.

  49. Lisa Chauvin says:

    I worked with Kathleen Boos at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School many years ago. I knew her as a kind, gracious lady who deeply touched the lives of those who knew her. My heart goes out to her family, who have lost not only Kathy, but Carl as well.

    This tragic accident was senseless and did not have to happen. Two wonderful people’s lives were snuffed out in an instant. Families have been ripped apart.

    And if the driver of the Mercury turns out to have been drunk, he should go to prison for a long, long, LONG time.

    My heart goes out to the Boos family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this heartbreaking time.

  50. Breeanna Maron says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My mother (MIchele Maron, fellow quilting enthusiast) was a good friend of Kathleen’s and is absolutely heartbroken by the news. I’d like to inquire about the funeral arrangements on her behalf; she’s not been able to find any information thus far. If arrangements have been made or once they are my mother and I would be so grateful if you could share the details. My email is marondb@gmail.com. Thank you so much and again, I’m so sorry and my prayers are with you and your family

  51. Anonymous says:

    I am so shocked and saddened by this tragedy. May their souls rest in peace and love and peace surround their family members. God Bless.

  52. Lory Challis (Lynch) says:

    I graduated high school with Kathy Boos’s son, David, and I worked closely with her at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas after I graduated. I am very saddened by this news and my heart and prayers go out to her family.

  53. Stacy Sprague says:

    I worked with Carl through his retirement in Easton, Pennsylvania. This has to be one of the saddest tragic events I have seen in my whole life.

  54. A1A Dangerous says:

    I too live in the area of this wreck (for almost 16 years) and have seen far too many deadly accidents over the years. Condolences to the families. The speed limit is 50 MPH where the accident occurred and there is a passing lane as well. Twenty years ago there were very few houses in the area and 50 was probably appropriate at the time. That is not the case today and this is now a very dangerous stretch of road with a lot more hazards due to the increase in population. Vehicles coming in and out of driveways with sometimes hidden access to A1A is not appropriate for a highway with passing lanes such as this. I would suggest taking the speed down to 40 and more importantly remove the passing lane in the area of all of the houses. I have tried to contact the folks in charge of this without luck. My understanding is that Richard Morrow (traffic operations engineer for Flagler Co.) is in charge of this portion of our scenic highway and could move to make changes. I am not able to find his email address, but I have found his work phone number-386-943-5309. I would urge other citizens to call and leave him a voice message as he unfortunately does not return calls. Hopefully he will come to this site and see all of the concerned residents’ comments and do something about this issue and hopefully make our area more safe.

  55. Caitlin says:

    My deepest condolences to the Boos family. I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico and heard about this crash from the other young lady that was critically injured in this accident. She started a Gofundme page because she has to stay in Florida for her injuries (she lives here in New Mexico) and does not have any of her belongings with her and is running out of money because of the financial burden.

    What a terrible tragedy that never should have happened. Sending my prayers.

  56. Marie says:

    The man who caused this tragic accident, William SCHWARZ, was flown to Halifax hospital. I am told that he is still hospitalized. Does anyone know his condition? Thank you.

  57. Flabbergasted says:

    He has been released and is out in public now. He still has not been charged with this crime. Ridiculous.

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