Man dies after ramming car apartment building

On Tuesday, July 4, at about 12:45 p.m., a 31-year-old male died at 410 Palm Avenue in Fort Pierce. He intentionally drove his car at high rate of speed into an apartment building at that address, apparently intending to harm or kill at least one of the five people he knew were inside.

His name was Carl Philbert. Earlier that day, at about 10 a.m., Mr. Philbert was involved in a domestic dispute at the apartment. He left angry, then loaded four 20-pound propane gas containers into his car (one in front, three in back). He drove back to the apartments at 12:45, revved his engine and raced the car into the building. There was a fire and one tank exploded as a result of the flames and crash.

All five people in the specific apartment he aimed for escaped without injury. At least 13 others in the apartment complex were evacuated for safety, also with no injuries.

Some news agencies inaccurately stated Philbert's target in the apartment was his girlfriend. That is inaccurate and there was no girlfriend involved in this incident, though Philbert did have a history of domestic trouble.

He did not live at the apartment. He was living in a Motel 6 in Fort Pierce.

For more information, contact:

Ed Cunningham
Public Information Officer
Fort Pierce Police Department