$50K raised to honor policeman’s teen daughter killed in car accident

A golf tournament at Palm Beach Gardens’ Sandhill Crane Golf Club raised more than $50,000 in honor of a scholarship fund for Kaitlin Kazanjian. Photo courtesy of John Kazanjian

Kaitlin Kazanjian was only 16 years old when she was killed in a horrific car accident on a rain-slicked road in PGA National in 2003.

Since then, her family has been working to make sure the Dwyer High School junior’s memory is never forgotten. A fund created in her honor has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships over the years, Kaitlin’s dad and Palm Beach County PBA President John Kazanjian said.

John Kazanjian, middle, at a fundraiser at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens that raised more than $50,000 for a scholarship fund in honor of his daughter, who was killed in a car accident in 2003. Photo courtesy of John Kazanjian

A golf tournament Saturday at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens gave the fund a $50,000 boost. About 350 people attended the event.

Kazanjian was the passenger in 17-year-old classmate Carlos Pozo’s Acura when he sped around a curve at 100 mph and crashed into a tree, according to reports. The impact tore apart the Acura and thrust Kaitlin out of her seat belt and onto the road.

Pozo was served a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide and ordered to pay $6 million to the Kazanjians after a one-day jury trial in a civil case.

A golf tournament raised more than $50,000 for a scholarship fund in memory of Kaitlin Kazanjian. Photo courtesy of John Kazanjian

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