Delray Beach Sergeant Speeding Without Belt Before Death

A Delray Beach police sergeant who died in a horrific crash in February west of Boca Raton was running late for his early-morning shift, speeding at 70 mph and not wearing his seat belt, according to a final investigation released Wednesday.

Sgt. Adam Rosenthal, 39, also may have been distracted by his in-car computer, which was turned on just minutes before the 6:15 a.m. crash, the report concluded.

Rosenthal lost control of his police cruiser on Southwest 18th Street, west of Florida’s Turnpike, on Feb. 17, and the car began yawing back and forth in the road before the passenger’s side slammed into a tree in the median.

The speed limit for that curved section of the road is 45 mph, but the patrol car’s computer showed under later analysis that Rosenthal was speeding at approximately 70 mph in the moments before the crash, according to the report by Palm Beach County sheriff’s traffic-homicide investigators.

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