Wealthy Florida teen is charged with manslaughter for horror crash that killed six farm workers
A wealthy Florida teen, who bragged about speeding on highways on TikTok, was charged Tuesday with six counts of vehicular manslaughter after police said he killed six friends when he crashed his BMW into their SUV at speed. from 151 mph.
The Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office (PBSO) said Noah Galle, 18, of Wellington, admitted to driving “above 120 mph” in the Jan. 27 crash in Delray Beach that left Mirlaine Julceus, 45, Filaine Dieu, 46, Vanice Percina, 29, perished. , Remize Michel, 53, and Marie Louis as they drove home from work at the Pero Family Farms.
The PBSO said a search warrant of Galle’s social media accounts revealed videos and photos of the teen “driving at an extremely high speed,” even asking followers to guess his speed to win $25. WPBF reported.
Those Instagram and TikTok profiles have since been removed.
Deputies told the local station that a social media video showed Galle traveling at 181 mph on I-95. Galle had previously been detained by police for driving 180 mph in Palm Beach County, according to court records.
Noah Galle, 18, of Wellington, Florida, was charged Tuesday on six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a car accident that killed six friends on Jan. 27. on TikTok, faces 15 years in prison for each count
Mirlaine Julceus (left) was driving five colleagues in her SUV, including grandmother Marie Louis (right) when Galle reportedly hit them at 250 mph
The impact caused the SUV to roll and three of the victims were thrown from the car. Five died at the scene while the sixth victim died at a nearby hospital. Pictured, part of the wreckage hours later
Police said Galle was traveling at 151 mph on Jan. 27 when the then 17-year-old slammed his $100,000 BMW into the victims, tipping the SUV and sending three of the passengers flying out of the car.
Five of the victims died on the spot, the sixth died on the way to hospital. Galle suffered only minor injuries.
The teen was arrested on April 6 after months of investigation and returned to court on Tuesday, where he was charged with six counts of vehicular manslaughter, each serving a 15-year sentence.
A judge set his bail at $300,000, which was $50,000 for each of the counts. Despite being held in a juvenile detention center, Galle will face an adult court.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg said in a statement, “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the six innocent victims of this tragedy.”
“We will seek justice by vigorously pursuing this case.”
The coverage of the crash could only capture the aftermath of the following morning
Palm Beach sheriff Ric Bradshaw did not say why the investigation had taken so long when police finally arrested Galle earlier this month, despite the department speeding up the toxicology report because police believed the teen was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
“This process takes time and we can’t move fast,” Bradshaw said. “We only have one chance here to get this right. If we make a mistake and these people walk, it’s back on us and it’s not what the family and the community expect.”
Marc Freeman, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service, told the… Sun Sentinel that it typically takes months to complete crash reports, get toxicology reports, and review the black boxes of both cars before a decision is made on specific charges and whether a juvenile driver should be charged as an adult.
Galle’s attorney Liz Parker has said the teen had been on psychiatric medication since he was 12, without specifying what he was being treated for, and that the medication may have contributed to the accident.
In an effort to get him out of juvenile detention, Parker told the court that Galle has had suicidal thoughts since the arrest and should be home under supervision.
The judge rejected the request, saying the juvenile detention center was well equipped to meet Galle’s needs.
Lyndie Louis, the daughter of Marie Louis, told the court on Tuesday that her family is demanding justice and that Galle will remain in a juvenile detention center pending trial.
Clerna Marc, niece of Mirlaine Julceus, shared the struggle of her own family after the accident in court on Tuesday. Julceus’s husband is suing Galle’s parents over the incident
The arrest comes days after Julceus’ innocent husband, Robens, filed a lawsuit against the teen’s parents, Craig and Helena Galle, alleging they were responsible for their son’s “negligent acts.”
The lawsuit alleges that Julceus, who drove the SUV, was her family’s main supplier, and that her 10-year-old daughter “was completely dependent on [Julceus’] services and support” and has suffered “mental pain and suffering” as a result of her death, the Sentinel reported.
It also alleges that Galle “negligently operated his motor vehicle by disregarding traffic conditions”, driving excessively fast and failing to yield, leading to the accident.
Julceus’ niece, Clerna Marc, told the court on Tuesday that her family is demanding justice.
“This situation has essentially broken his family,” Marc said of her uncle, Robens. Mirlaine has left behind a 10-year-old daughter who essentially needs to be raised without his mother. He just wants justice for this situation.”
Lyndie Louis, Marie Louis’ daughter, also spoke to the court on Tuesday and echoed her own family’s grief over the loss of the matriarch.
“This has been a very, very difficult situation for my whole family, my sister and I and my daughter,” Lyndie said. ‘She’s 8 years old. Every time she comes home, she asks, “Why can’t Grandma come back, Mom?”
My mother was a very loving and devoted woman. I think the defendant should be in jail and not at home,” she added when she asked the judge to dismiss the defense’s defense to release Galle.
‘We can’t see our families now and why should he? This was a very reckless crime and not just for my mother – everyone’s life. We need justice.’