Study of Delray intersection where Uber driver was killed to be released soon

A state study of the downtown Delray Beach intersection where an Uber driver was killed in a crash in September is close to being finished and will be released soon, an official told The Palm Beach Post.

The Florida Department of Transportation announced soon after the Sept. 21 wreck that it would look into the intersection of northbound Federal Highway and Northeast First Street to see if a signal is needed.

View of a Lamborghini after it was involved in a deadly collision with an SUV Wednesday in Delray Beach, police said. (Photo courtesy Delray Beach Police Department)

View of a Lamborghini after it was involved in a deadly collision with an SUV Wednesday in Delray Beach, police said. (Photo courtesy Delray Beach Police Department)

Police say 60-year-old Roger Wittenberns, who founded the Lady Fitness of America health club chain, was speeding north on Federal in a yellow Lamborghini with his girlfriend, 61-year-old Patty Ann McQuiggin, who was driving a yellow Porsche, when Wittenberns slammed into the driver’s side of an SUV driven by 82-year-old J. Gerald Smith. Wittenberns later admitted he and McQuiggin had been drinking that afternoon, police said.

Smith was killed in the collision. He had been heading home for dinner, trying to cross Federal traveling west on Northeast First Street at the time of the crash.

In the wake of the wreck, residents and business owners near the intersection told The Post they were concerned a lane-reduction project on the stretch of Federal through downtown Delray Beach had reduced visibility at the intersection.

The study is almost completed — it’s in draft form and with the city for feedback, said Mark Plass, FDOT District 4 traffic operations engineer.

Once the city provides its feedback, FDOT has some additional data to add and then the study will be final and the results will be released, Plass said.

The state’s review has looked at traffic conditions, vehicle volume and average speeds along Federal to help determine if the intersection should receive a signal. The city’s input will be important to make sure any decisions made by the state don’t have a negative effect on downtown Delray Beach’s overall grid and traffic flow, Plass said.