July 26, 2017

It was the most the judge could do. For Patricia Da Silva, it wasn’t enough.

“Justice wasn’t applied in the case of my sister and brother-in-law,” she said Wednesday after a judge ordered that Raymond Joseph Kelly pay $1,000 in fines for three traffic tickets and lose his license for six months for the 2016 crash west of Delray Beach that killed Andre and Vivian Brito.

A 202-page Palm Beach County sheriff’s report says investigators found in Kelly’s vehicle envelopes and vials containing more than 300 tablets of medications. And he showed signs of being under the influence of narcotic painkillers, according to the report.

But by the time sheriff’s investigators arrived, the report said, emergency workers already had given the badly hurt Kelly medication for pain, and because of that, a sheriff’s forensic expert later “could not say with any certainty” if Kelly was impaired at the time of the collision.

“These were the only charges I was able to file,” Palm Beach County sheriff’s homicide investigator Kurt Kloepping told Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Paul A. Damico in the hearing at the South County Courthouse.

Poorad Razavi, the Britos’ civil attorney, has said he will file a civil lawsuit.

The complete article can be accessed at The Palm Beach Post.