11-year-old in Mandarin crash last week dies

2 adults, 2 other children hurt in crash on Jose Boulevard near I-295


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 11-year-old boy, one of three people injured when a car struck three other vehicles on San Jose Boulevard last Wednesday morning, has died.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that Maddox Wright died on Monday. He was riding in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier that was struck by a car driven by Christopher DeArmas about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at an intersection just south of Interstate 295.

As of Friday, DeArmas, 33, remained in the hospital.

According to Jacksonville police, an officer on a motorcycle tried to pull DeArmas over for speeding on San Jose Boulevard about 15 minutes before the crash, but backed off for safety reasons when he did not pull over.

DeArmas' Chevrolet Cavalier later hit the police cruiser, the Cavalier that Wright was in, and a Chevrolet Impala driven by Perry Winters, 61.

Winters, who is still sore from “getting beat up” in the crash, said he was in the turn lane on the way to the Walmart on San Jose Boulevard when he was hit.

“I heard a loud screech, raised up and looked around to see what it was and was hit,” Winters said. “There was a giant explosion, the airbag came out and busted my nose. I was bleeding everywhere. Total shock.”

Winters has several gauze pads on his body and his right eye is still black from the crash.

“My ribs hurt really bad. My L1, my vertebra is cracked,” Winters said. “My back's really sore. I'm sore everywhere just from getting beat up.”

Police said the officer was not injured. The JSO accident report indicates that a motorcycle officer did not pursue DeArmas's vehicle when it did not pull over on San Jose Boulevard about 15 minutes before the crash.

"Suddenly, right behind me, the blue car swerved, going toward a median, and I'm thinking I'm going to be impacted, and I hear a horrific crash behind me," witness Peter Trolle said. "I thought I was going to be part of it. You hear a horrible sound when you see a crash like that."

News4Jax found DeArmas has had dozens of traffic citations dating back to 2001, including five for speeding, two for careless driving and two for improper lane change.

Ironically, one was for running a red light at the intersection of San Jose and Claire Lane -- the intersection where Wednesday's crash occurred.