Man accused of DUI in Jupiter paramedic deaths crash remains hospitalized

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Paul Besaw (left) and Lahiri Garcia

Genero D. Ajqui, the driver of a car involved in a Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1, was in fair condition Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, said Ryan Lieber, hospital spokesman.

Ajqui was drinking alcohol before the crash, according to a report obtained by The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon.

Ajqui, who has not been taken into custody, was the driver of the Chrysler Sebring that was involved in the 3 a.m. crash that killed Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, according to Jupiter police.

Jupiter police would make no further comment, saying the case is under investigation. Ajqui’s immigration status has not been investigated, said Jupiter Police Spokeswoman Kristin Rightler.

According to the traffic crash report, Ajqui was driving a Chrysler convertible east on West Indiantown Road when he tried to make a U-turn at Philadelphia Drive. The ambulance, driven by Besaw, was traveling west on West Indiantown Road approaching Philadelphia Drive.

As Besaw approached the intersection, witnesses said that Ajqui made the U-turn directly in front of Besaw, failing to yield, according to the report.

The ambulance struck the right passenger side of the convertible. At impact, both vehicles, heavily damaged, slid in a northeast direction through the roadway. The convertible came to a final rest on the north sidewalk facing south.

The ambulance rotated and came to a final stop, partially on the north sidewalk, lying on its driver’s side and facing southeast.

Ajqui lived just a block away from the crash site.

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Allison Besaw, 6, at her father’s Celebration of Life ceremony in Palm Beach Gardens (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

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