Teen arrested in fatal Boca Raton crash that killed one, injured two other passengers

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BOCA RATON — A teenager is facing vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges after a November fatal crash near Boca Raton in which investigators say he was driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.

Palm Beach County Judge Ted J. Booras set bail at $200,000 for Joshua Washington, whom the sheriff's office arrested Thursday in the Nov. 21 death of 18-year-old Jacob Fajardo.

Jail and court records list addresses in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton for Washington, who remained in custody at the county jail Friday afternoon. The Palm Beach County Public Defender's Office represented the 19-year-old at Friday's hearing, court records show. As a policy, it does not comment on open cases.

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PBSO said in its arrest report that Washington was driving without a license on the night of Nov. 21 He was eastbound in a 2016 Hyundai Genesis on Southwest 18th Street and Barwood Lane, just east of State Road 7.

The road was slick with rain and poorly lit just before 10 p.m. when Washington took a left curve outside Boca Dunes Golf Club at high speed, causing his car to spin out of control, according to the crash report.

The crash killed Fajardo, a Deerfield Beach resident who was sitting in the front passenger seat. Doctors at Delray Medical Center declared him dead shortly after the wreck. Washington's two back-seat passengers sustained traumatic head injuries and broken bones, according to the crash report.

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The car slid 121 feet on the wet grass and hit a tree so hard that the steering wheel detached and flew out of the car. The engine block shifted and "collapsed the front passenger section," PBSO investigators said.

Washington, with injuries to his face and right thigh, got out and made a phone call asking for someone to come to get him, according to witnesses. He started to run from the crash site but was followed by two witnesses who had heard the crash from a nearby parking lot.

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Witnesses helped PBSO deputies tracked Washington down. According to the crash report, his blood-alcohol level was .07, which is below Florida's legal threshold for intoxication, when his blood was drawn from the Delray Medical Center after the crash. Investigators also say he had THC, the chemical found in marijuana, in his system that night.

No one in the car was wearing a seat belt when the car crashed, records show.

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This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Teen facing DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide charges in Boca crash

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