WEST PALM BEACH, FL (The Palm Beach Post) – A 40-year-old Greenacres-area man driving without a valid license struck and killed an 18-year-old motorcyclist Sunday afternoon in suburban West Palm Beach, court documents show.
Kenneth Scott Mahr was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Medical Center following the crash, which took place just after 2:30 p.m. on Gun Club Road just west of Military Trail. Mahr was set to graduate from high school in just a few weeks, said J.J. Sciarrino, the general manager of Broward Motorsports, where the teen had worked since August as a technician.
“He was a great kid,” Sciarrino said. “His life was just about ready to start.”
On Monday morning, Eustacio Gregorio-Meza was ordered held without bond as he appeared in court to face a charge of not having a valid driver’s license in a crash causing a death. A native of Mexico, Meza is in the country illegally, an assistant state attorney told Judge Caroline Shepherd at a first-appearance hearing Monday at the Palm Beach County Jail.
Meza is at least the third Palm Beach County resident accused of being in the country illegally who has been arrested in recent weeks on vehicle-related charges. All may face deportation to their native countries.
According to information on Mahr’s Facebook page, he lived in Greenacres and was a student at Palm Beach Central High School. During Monday’s hearing, Mahr’s mother was consoled by other family members as she broke down in tears. After the hearing, family members said they did not want to speak publicly about the case.
Meza was leaving a parking lot on Gun Club and attempting to make a left turn when he crossed into the path of Mahr’s westbound 2017 Suzuki motorcycle, according to a sheriff’s report made public Monday. Mahr was thrown onto the roadway. He died at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
Meza was issued a valid driver’s license on Nov. 20, 2000, but it expired March 29, 2007, court records show. A witness told investigators Meza drove through a stop sign without stopping. Meza remained at the scene until deputies arrived, the report said.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it did not have enough information Monday to comment on Meza’s status, but his arrest follows those of two other men who could be facing deportation after his arrest.
Authorities say Victor Villaneueva Rivera, a 48-year-old Mexican citizen, fled the scene of a crash that killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist last month in Boynton Beach. Brandon Wesson of Palm Beach Gardens died April 31 when his motorcycle collided with a pickup that was turning from Hypoluxo Road north onto Lawrence Road. Rivera reportedly told investigators he doesn’t have a license because he is in the U.S. illegally.
This month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a motion to deport Nicolas Mateo for the second time in less than a year. Mateo, a native Guatemala now living in Loxahatchee, was arrested in December in Wellington on a charge of DUI. Authorities say Mateo entered the country illegally after having been deported to Guatemala last July.