Delray Beach, Florida – A 28-year-old individual from Hollywood, identified as Balmont Thompson, was taken into custody earlier this month in relation to an accident that resulted in the demise of a young nurse. According to a probable cause affidavit publicized on Monday, Thompson was discovered with a pouch of ecstasy on his person, alongside open liquor bottles in his vehicle.
Thompson is confronting more than a dozen charges, inclusive of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, as a consequence of the February 13th incident that caused the death of Youseline Pierre.
As the affidavit details, Thompson and three other occupants in his vehicle sustained severe injuries of various kinds, such as internal bleeding and fractured bones. Thompson required intubation following the accident.
The fatal incident occurred when Thompson, exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 mph, passed through a red traffic light approximately 20 seconds after its change. This occurred at the junction of West Atlantic Avenue and South Military Trail around 5 a.m., leading to the collision with Pierre’s red Mazda CX-30 as she traversed the intersection under a green signal.
“Upon impact, there was a large flash of light, and both vehicles were propelled toward the southeast corner of the intersection,” as stated in the affidavit.
The accident sent Thompson’s black Honda Accord colliding into a light pole, causing a 180-degree spin and toppling a road sign before coming to a halt. Pierre’s vehicle struck a palm tree, slid further south, and eventually stopped.
Pierre, aged 30, was declared dead at the scene, while Thompson was found unresponsive, entrapped in his vehicle. A search by law enforcement officers led to the discovery of two open liquor bottles within the vehicle and a bag of pink powder, later identified as ecstasy, attached to Thompson’s pants’ card holder.
Subsequent blood test results revealed a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.175 and the influence of ecstasy, as stated in the affidavit. A level of .08 or higher is deemed driving under the influence.
The charges leveled against Thompson include DUI manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, drug possession, two counts each of DUI causing serious bodily injury, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, DUI causing property damage, reckless driving causing property damage, alongside one count each of DUI enhancement, speeding, and failure to stop at a red light, according to the affidavit.