Pompano Beach, Florida Tow Truck/Bus Collision Injures 32

October 21, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Pompano Beach, Florida tow truck/public transit bus collision sent 32 people to area hospitals on Thursday, news sources report. The victims were not immediately available following the incident; they were treated at several area hospitals. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed. It remains to be seen whether any of the victims will file for damages.

The bus in the case is part of the Broward County Transit system - bus #0736. Sources did not identify the driver by name. The tow truck involved in the crash is reportedly part of Auto Club Towing, which is based off Sheridan Street in Hollywood. The driver of that vehicle has likewise not been identified. Auto Club Towing appears to have remained mum regarding the crash, as has the Broward County Transit system.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 3:45 Thursday afternoon in the 1400 block of West Sample Road in Pompano Beach, near the crossing of Andrews Avenue. Reports say a tow truck was behind the bus in the same lane when it rear-ended the bus. Further details, such as whether the bus was stopping at the time, were not available.

In all, 32 people were injured in the collision; it is unclear how many of them were in the bus or the tow truck. One of the victims apparently sustained serious injuries, while the others sustained more minor injuries. The majority of the victims were taken to Northwest Medical Center, Broward Health North Medical Center, and Broward Health Imperial Point. Nine victims were taken to the Holy Cross Hospital. An update on the victims' conditions was not immediately available at press time.

Rear-end collisions with buses are common, since buses frequently stop at bus stops to unload and pick up passengers. Earlier this month, a Davie school bus was struck from behind by a pickup truck in a crash that injured four people, two of whom were minors, sources report. The victims' injuries appear to have been minor. The details of the crash are still under investigation. "The truck driver appeared to be at fault," a police spokesperson reportedly said of the incident.

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Qwentyn Hunter Drowns Aboard Miami, Florida Cruise Ship

October 16, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Qwentyn Hunter drowned aboard a Miami, Florida Carnival Cruise ship Monday, news sources report. The cruise ship was still at sea at the time of the tragic accident. Six-year-old Hunter, of Winter Garden, was pronounced dead after being pulled from the pool. An investigation is currently ongoing. It is too soon to say whether charges will be filed or if Hunter's family will file for damages.

Carnival Cruises is based out of the city of Miami. The cruise line's massive luxury ships go on four to seven-day journeys across the scenic Caribbean and the Bahamas. The ships come equipped with large swimming pools, sometimes with accouterments like water slides.

Despite having large swimming areas with recreational equipment on their ships, as well as the large number of children aboard some cruises, many cruise lines do not have lifeguards. "Parental supervision is required for children under 13," a Carnival Cruise spokesperson said following the incident. "In this case, there was a parent present at the time of the incident."

According to reports, Hunter was aboard the cruise line's Carnival Victory vessel, which was out on a four-day cruise across the Caribbean. Hunter was with his parents and his 10-year-old brother, sources say. On Sunday, the family went to the vessel's pool for a swim, reports indicate.

Hunter ended up going underwater and drowning unnoticed, sources allege. When he was spotted, several passengers promptly brought Hunter from the bottom of the pool to the deck. Sadly, attempts to resuscitate Hunter failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities boarded the Carnival Victory to investigate the drowning when it returned to port in Miami on Monday. An investigation into the tragic death is now underway. Police have not said whether they will treat this as an accident or a criminal case. It remains to be seen whether Hunter's family will pursue a civil case against Carnival Cruises.

At least one other child nearly drowned aboard a cruise ship that did not have lifeguards this year, the press says. Four-year-old Chase Lykken of Minnesota was aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida in March when she reportedly narrowly escaped a drowning accident. Lykken did, however, suffer serious brain damage.

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Matthew Scott Danchak of Tamarac, Florida Injured in Hit-and-Run Collision

October 14, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Matthew Scott Danchak of Tamarac, Florida was critically injured Friday after he got out of his car following a crash and was struck by a semi, which fled the scene, news sources report. The other driver involved in the initial car accident was not publicly identified; it is unclear if she or he was injured. Danchak, 34, was rushed to the Broward Health North hospital for treatment following the crash. Police are currently investigating; so far, the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended or charged. It is unclear whether Danchak or his family will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident happened around 12:40 Friday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway, near the exit onto Sample Road. Danchak was reportedly involved in a crash on the expressway that propelled his car in the median of the highway. The other driver's car came to a rest on the right shoulder of the expressway, sources indicate. The details of that crash were not available at press time.

Based on reports, Danchak was relatively unhurt after his car stopped in the median. Sources say Danchak got out of his car and attempted to cross the highway in the direction of the other driver's vehicle after the crash. As Danchak was crossing the expressway, he was struck by the front right side of a semi pulling a box trailer, sources allege. The driver of the tractor-trailer does not appear to have stopped for any duration of time after the accident. Reports described the tractor and trailer as white. The tractor was apparently damage in the crash and is missing its right front mirror.

Danchak sustained severe injuries after being hit by the truck; he was rushed to Broward Health North. An update on his condition was not immediately available at press time. It is unclear whether the other driver was hospitalized.

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Antonio Castovinci of Delray Beach, Florida Arrested for DUI

October 11, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Antonio Castovinci of Delray Beach, Florida was arrested Tuesday in connection to a crash with driver Edwin Loder and his passenger Charlotte Loder back in January, news sources report. Edwin, of Boynton Beach, sustained cuts and a rib fracture in the crash, while Charlotte sustained a badly bruised leg. After the results of a toxicology report came in, Castovinci, 61, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of using false information to obtain a driver's license and driving under the influence. A county judge set his bail bond at $45,000. The press did not specify a defense lawyer for Castovinci.

According to reports, Castovinci had his Florida license suspended in August 1999 for unspecified reasons. At that time, Castovinci went by Antonio Castrovinci. Only a month later, he re-applied for a Florida license with the last name Castovinci, sources allege. Castovinci allegedly tweaked his social security number and changed his birth date as well and was awarded a license.

The incident occurred on January 18 in the 14600 block of South Military Trail in Delray Beach, reports say. Castovinci was behind the wheel of his 2002 VMW when he drove into the side the Loder's car, reports say. Additional details regarding the crash, such as whether either driver was attempting a turn, were not available.

Edwin Loder and Castovinci both sustained injuries to their ribs in the accident and were rushed to the Delray Beach Medical Center, sources indicate. Charlotte Loder sustained more minor injuries, but she also required treatment, sources say. It is not clear whether any of the injuries have had lasting repercussions.

Initially, when questioned by police, Castovinci reportedly said he had not consumed alcohol prior to the crash. However, officials allegedly claim that Castovinci displayed signs of drunkenness at the Delray Beach clinic following the crash. Officials conducted a toxicology test with Castovinci's blood on the night of the crash, sources say.

The report, which came back on August 13, showed Castovinci had a blood alcohol level of .093 and .094, much higher than the limit of .08. Castovinci also tested positive for a sedative called Clonazepam, reports say. It is not clear whether he has a prescription.

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Ernest Bagnoli of Oakland Park, Florida Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash; Driver Wanted

October 11, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Ernest Bagnoli of Oakland Park, Florida was injured in a hit-and run accident Thursday, news sources report. Bagnoli, 55, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, the hit-and-run driver has not been arrested or charged. The Broward County Crime Stoppers are offering a $3,000 reward to anyone who provides information that results in the arrest of the fleeing driver. It is unclear whether Bagnoli will file for damages if the driver is caught.

Reports say the accident happened around 6:00 Thursday morning near the intersection of Dixie Highway and Prospect Road in Oakland Park. Bagnoli was northbound on Dixie aboard his 2008 Honda Scooter at the time. While the details of what happened next are still unknown, reports say a truck collided with Bagnoli near the intersection of Prospect Road, then promptly fled the scene.

Bagnoli was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center with injuries that were deemed non-lethal. Meanwhile, investigators canvassed the scene of the crash. Initial reports from people who observed the accident indicated that the hit-and-run vehicle was a dark-colored sedan. However, the investigators recovered debris at the scene that indicate the hit-and-run vehicle was a dark-colored Ford pickup rather than a sedan. It is not yet known whether police have any leads.

Hit-and-run crashes are rampant throughout South Florida and many of the U.S.'s most populated areas. In many cases, drivers flee because they do not have valid licenses. A study by the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety revealed that 21% of all the deadly crashes between 1993 and 1999 involved drivers who did not have valid licenses to drive. Leaving the scene is not only against the law, it oftentimes leaves the victim or victims without aid. If no one is nearby to report the accident, the victim could die when they might have otherwise lived.

Two Fort Pierce residents were killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run crash, sources report. The two victims, who have not yet been identified to the public, were reportedly changing a flat tire when they were struck by a semi-truck. Police have opened an investigation but have not yet been able to track down and identify the hit-and-run driver. Charges are likely pending.

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Raul Lopez of Weston, Florida Killed in Rollover Crash

October 11, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Raul Lopez of Weston, Florida was killed in a rollover crash on Sunday, news sources report. It is unclear whether any other vehicles were involved. Lopez, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It remains to be seen whether a medical condition or a faulty vehicle played a role in the tragic crash.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 10:30 Friday evening in the 7000 block of U.S. 27 in Weston. Lopez was on his way home in his Toyota pickup and had apparently been on the phone with family just a few minutes prior to the crash. What happened next remains a mystery. Police on their way to a non-related incident spotted Lopez's pickup in a ditch, sources say.

Lopez was reportedly found near the vehicle; he had been thrown from the truck during the crash, sources indicate. Paramedics rushed to the scene, but, sadly, Lopez was declared deceased at the crash site. Detectives canvassed the area searching for clues. It has not yet been determined whether any other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Weston is one of Broward County's larger cities, with a population of nearly 70,000 people. According to city data statistics, there were four fatal accidents in Weston in 2011. That number was up from 2010, which saw only eight fatal accidents, sources show.

In another example of Broward Country crashes, late last year, a group of four Broward County bicyclists were injured after they were struck by a car while following a route along U.S. 27, sources report. Information regarding the driver and bicyclists' identities was not immediately available following the incident. Two of the bicyclists sustained critical injuries; all four were taken to the Broward Health Medical Center. It is unclear whether the other driver was criminally charged.

According to reports, the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on a December Saturday on U.S. 27 near Weston. The bicyclists were traveling as a group in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 at the time, sources say. A car on U.S. 27 apparently struck the bicyclists.

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Emanuel Forgue of North Lauderdale, Florida Killed in Crash with Micheline Antoine-Bright

October 10, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Emanuel Forgue of North Lauderdale, Florida was struck by driver Micheline Antoine-Bright while hurrying across a road to a bus Saturday, news sources report. Forgue, 80, reportedly later died at the North Broward Medical Center. Antoine-Bright was not injured. Police are currently investigating further. So far, Antoine-Bright has not been criminally charged for the incident.

Reports say Forgue was born in Haiti but moved to the United States sometime later. Forgue was retired and was an active member of the First Haitian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, according to the press. Forgue leaves behind two sons, Ednan and Gerson Forgue, and two daughters, Vonette and Evita.

According to reports, the crash occurred around 8:28 Saturday evening at the intersection of Coconut Creek Parkway and North State Road 7 in Margate. Forgue had apparently just attended church, and a friend drove Forgue to the area so he could take the bus, sources say. Upon being dropped off, Forgue reportedly began crossing North State Road 7 in order to get on the bus. It is not clear in reports whether he was using a crosswalk.

As Forgue was crossing the street, he was reportedly struck by Antoine-Bright's Nissan, which was traveling south on North SR 7. Forgue was rushed to the North Broward Medical Center following the crash. Sadly, doctors declared him deceased shortly after his arrival. An investigation is ongoing.

Broward County is the second largest county in Florida by population. Census records show there are 1,748,066 people living in Broward County. As a result, the county is home to many car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 28,233 traffic crashes in the county, which killed 179 and injured 20,540, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. The number of crashes in 2010 was up from the previous year, which saw 25,957 crashes, 189 crash-related deaths, and 20,249 crash-related injuries.

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Fort Pierce, Florida Semi Hit-and-Run Leaves Two Dead

October 10, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Fort Pierce, Florida semi-truck hit-and-run left a man and a woman who were trying to change a flat tire dead on the shoulder of the Florida Turnpike on Monday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims' identities was not immediately available following the incident. The driver of the semi-truck fled the scene following the crash. Police have not been able to identify the driver as of yet, but an investigation is ongoing. It remains to be seen whether loved ones of the victims will be filing for damages.

Reports say the accident happened around 8:00 Monday evening on the Florida Turnkpike, around mile marker 166. The sun sets shortly before 7 p.m. in South Florida, meaning it was likely dark on the turnpike around the time of the incident. A woman and a man, who remains unidentified in reports, apparently got a flat tire while driving north and pulled onto the shoulder. The pair got out of their vehicle and began tending to the tire, sources indicate.

As the two were working on the car, a white semi-truck, believed to be a Peterbilt tractor with a flatbed trailer attached, approached the scene. The semi allegedly hit the couple and fled the scene following the accident. Police say the semi-truck likely sustained damage to its right front during the crash. It is not clear whether police have any leads.

St. Lucie County is among South Florida's bigger counties and, as a result, is host to a number of busy roadways like the Florida Turnpike. According to records by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 2,210 crashes in St. Lucie County in 2010, which resulted in 29 fatalities and 1,887 injuries. The number of crashes was down from the previous year, during which 2,336 reported crashes took place.

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Davie, Florida School Bus Collision Sends Two Adults, Two Children to the Hospital

October 9, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Davie, Florida crash involving a school bus and a pickup truck sent two adults and two children to the hospital with injuries on Monday, news sources report. The accident happened when the truck rear-ended the bus, sources say. Both drivers and two school children were taken to the hospital; the victims have not been publicly identified. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It is too soon to tell whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether anyone will file a suit.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:00 Monday evening in the 3900 block of Davie Road. The bus, which was likely taking students home, had 28 children onboard, sources indicate. The children appear to have come from Nova High School and Nova Middle School. So far, no school spokesperson has commented on the crash, likely because the investigation is still ongoing.

The details of the accident are not yet publicly available. However, reports do say the truck struck the school bus from behind. "The truck driver appeared to be at fault," a police captain spokesperson reportedly said.

The truck and bus driver were reportedly both injured, as were two of the children aboard the bus. The nature of the injuries was not specified. All four victims were rushed to nearby hospitals; an update on their condition was not immediately available at press time. Officials closed down the street, backing up traffic for about an hour as they cleaned up and investigated the scene.

School buses make frequent stops to drop off children, sometimes sparking rear-end accidents. Such stops can also be dangerous for children who must exit the bus and walk across the street. School buses are equipped with special stop signs that can be raised in order to make the stops safer.

Vehicle accidents are especially tragic when a child is killed. Earlier this month, three-year-old Loxahatchee resident Michael Pollard was run over while running beside his father's truck, sources report. The child sadly died of his injuries at St. Mary's Hospital soon after the incident. It is unlikely that charges will be filed for the crash.

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Cassandra Jean Grammel of Boynton Beach, Florida Arrested for DUI Hit-and-Run

October 9, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Cassandra Jean Grammel of Boynton Beach, Florida was arrested Sunday after she was accused of drunkenly running a red light and hitting pedestrians Daniel and Kelly Heneghan and their two young children, news sources report. Daniel and Kelly sustained non-life threatening injuries and are set to make a recovery, sources indicate. The children were not injured. Grammel was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of hit and run and driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury. He bail was set at $10,000. The press did not specify a criminal defense lawyer for Grammel.

According to reports, Grammel is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, but moved to South Florida recently. Grammel, 24, does not have a history of driving citations in Florida, though reports say she only just obtained her Florida license a few weeks ago.

The victims and Kelly and Daniel Heneghan. The Haddon Township, New Jersey couple was walking with their one-year-old son and four-year-old daughter in a stroller at the time of the crash, sources indicate. It is unclear if the family was in South Florida on vacation or for some other reason. After the crash, police gave temporary custody of the children to relatives while the parents recuperated.

The incident occurred at about 10:40 Sunday evening at the intersection of Gleason Street and East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, sources say. Grammel was reportedly drunk when she ran the light in her Honda Accord, crashing into Daniel and Kelly. Either the force of the collision pushed the stroller into a nearby bush, or one of the parents acted quickly and pushed the children to safety. Either way, the children were not struck, sources report.

Unfortunately, Daniel and Kelly were not able to get out of the way. They were left lying in the street. Reports indicate that Grammel initially stopped, only to flee soon after. She allegedly crashed into street signs a few minutes away from where the first accident occurred and was unable to go further.

A person who saw the crash gave police a description of Grammel, sources say. The officers reportedly found her in her vehicle at the second accident scene. Reports say she was weeping, had bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol. When asked, Grammel reportedly said she had a few mixed vodka drinks before getting behind the wheel. A breath test later showed she had a blood alcohol content of .263 and .265, much higher that Florida's limit.

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Kristina Trudell of Davie, Florida Killed in Crash with Laura Thorn

October 8, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Kristina Trudell of Davie, Florida was killed Friday after she entered South Federal Highway on foot and was struck by a car driven by Laura Thorn, news sources report. Trudell, 32, was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center, where she passed away. Thorn, 28, of Boca Raton, was not injured. Police are currently investigating the matter.

According to reports, Trudell's father, Philip Trudell, claims his daughter was bipolar and participating in a treatment program for addiction. Despite his daughter's problems, the accident may not have been a suicide attempt, Philip reportedly indicated. He apparently told the press, "[Kristina Trudell] had been taking her meds and seemed to be doing pretty [well]."

Reports say the incident occurred Friday in the 3200 block of South Federal Highway in Broward County. Trudell was a passenger in a Hyundai, which at some point pulled onto the side of the northern lanes of the highway. The press did not say why the vehicle pulled to the side of the road. The driver has not been identified in public reports.

When the vehicle pulled over, Trudell exited the parked vehicle and walked into the northbound lanes of the highway, sources say. Officials still aren't sure why Trudell wandered into the road. Thorn was reportedly unable to stop in time and struck Trudell.

Trudell was rushed to the Broward Health Medical Center, where, sadly, she died of her injuries at around 11:40 Friday night. Thorn was reportedly uninjured; she stayed at the crash site and cooperated with traffic homicide investigators, sources indicate.

Broward County is one of the largest counties in South Florida. With a large population comes lots of drivers, which leads to plenty of car crashes. In 2010, there were 28,233 traffic crashes in the county, which resulted in 179 fatalities and 20,540 injuries, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. The car crash count shot up from the year before, during which 25,957 crashes, 20,249 injuries, and 189 fatalities were recorded.

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Frantz Joseph of Dania Beach, Florida Killed, Jessica Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Sheena Rogers, and Emmanuel Bruce Injured in Crash

October 8, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Frantz Joseph of Dania Beach, Florida was killed and Jessica Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Sheena Rogers, and Emmanuel Bruce injured in a two-vehicle collision early Monday, news sources report. Joseph was a cab driver; his passengers were 20-year-old Jessica Johnson of Eustis and 22-year-old Jesse Johnson of Pompano Beach. Sheena Rogers, 28, of Miami and Emmanuel Bruce, 37, of Cutler Bay, were in a pickup truck, sources say. All four injured victims were taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital. Police are currently investigating the incident. It is too early to tell whether charges will be filed or if any of the victims or Joseph's family will file a suit.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 3:30 early Monday morning at the intersection of Sheridan Street and Federal Highway in Dania Beach. Joseph was in his taxi, sources say; it is not clear what cab company he worked for. Passengers Jessica and Jesse were riding in the taxi, which was travelling south on Federal Highway. Rogers and Bruce were in a pickup truck, westbound on Sheridan Street, sources indicate.

While the precise details of the crash are still mostly unknown, the two vehicles reportedly met and collided at the intersection. Sadly, Joseph died at the crash site, sources indicate. Jessica, Jesse, Bruce, and Rogers all sustained unspecified injuries and were taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital. An update on their conditions was not immediately available at press time.

Reports indicate that the accident shut down the intersection from the time of the crash until just after 7:00 a.m. Both vehicles had to be towed, sources say; it is not clear whether both were totaled in the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

Driving comes with many dangers attached. Last month, Broward County resident Maryfe Del Pilar Niño was arrested after she fled an officer and crashed into a SUV, injuring the driver, sources report. Niño, 31, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges stemming from the incident, as well as charges from a previous warrant. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.

Based on reports, Niño had a warrant for her arrest prior to the incident for charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest with violence, and possession of narcotics. It is not clear what led to the charges.

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Hollywood, Florida Crash Leaves Officer, Woman Injured

October 7, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Hollywood, Florida car accident left two people, including a police officer, with injuries on Friday, news sources report. The crash occurred when a police car reportedly struck another vehicle and barreled into the side of a home while speeding to a robbery site. Neither victim was publicly identified immediately following the incident. The officer was treated at Memorial Regional Hospital, while the other driver was treated at an unspecified location. Police are currently investigating the incident. It is too early to say whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether anyone will file a suit.

According to reports, the incident occurred Friday evening. It all began when the officer received reports of a robbery around Interstate 95 and Johnson Street and sped towards the scene. News sources did not specify whether the officer had his lights and sirens on as he traveled to the site.

The officer was just outside Teresa Alvarado's single story home on Johnson Street in Hollywood when the crash occurred. Alvarado was apparently hosting a get-together at the time; there were seven people present, sources say, including Alvarado, a 94-year-old woman, and Vanessa Alvarado, Alvarado's niece, who was visiting. Marcia Vandervis, a friend of Alvarado's, was knocking at the door with her two-year-old just before the crash; Alvarado was on the other side of the door, about to let Vandervis in, sources say.

The officer was travelling down Johnson Street when he struck a silver BMW driven by an unidentified woman, sources say. The collision sent the officer's car into Alvarado's home, directly towards the door that Vandervis was knocking on. Vandervis reportedly grabbed hold of her child and leapt out of the car's path.

"I thought it was a bomb," Alvarado reportedly said. The police car reportedly penetrated a wall and struck a couch, shoving it into Alvarado's leg. The crash also sent debris and glass all over the home. It is not clear whether anyone in the home sustained injury.

The officer managed to climb out of the wreckage despite injuries. When the officer attempted to aid the other driver, Vandervis asked the officer to sit for his own safety. A nearby resident reportedly used the officer's radio to let the police department know what had happened. Another person rushed to the BMW driver's aid. That driver was panic-stricken and leapt from her vehicle in tears, sources say.

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Police Officer, Teen, and Woman Injured in Lauderhill, Florida Crashes

October 5, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Lauderhill, Florida teen, a city police officer, and a woman were injured in two related car accidents on Thursday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims' identities was not immediately available following the incident. The teen, 14, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center and is in stable condition. A woman was also taken at Broward Health Medical Center, while the officer was taken to the Plantation General Hospital for treatment, sources say. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the accidents. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident involving the teen occurred Thursday morning at the intersection of Northwest 19th Street and 46th Avenue in Lauderhill. The intersection is a three-way stop, sources say. The teen was on foot and reportedly may have been on her way to school at the time.

Reports say there were flood warnings in the area that morning, though the crashes seemed to have taken place before the rain started. "At the time, I think the roads were fairly dry," a police spokesperson supposedly said. Authorities reportedly say the weather likely did not contribute to either crash.

While the exact details of that accident are still somewhat unclear, sources say the teen was struck by a vehicle. It is unclear if the teen was crossing the road at the time. The driver remained at the scene, sources indicate.

A Lauderhill police officer was told to respond to the crash, according to reports. That officer reportedly activated his lights and sirens and started to drive to the accident site. The officer was northbound on State Road 7 when he attempted to make a left turn onto Northwest 19th Street and crashed into another vehicle that was southbound on State Road 7, sources say.

The front of the officer's vehicle was reportedly damaged. "It looks like there was pretty severe damage to both vehicles," a Lauderhill Police spokesperson said. "Are they both totaled? I don't know."

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Steve Davis Killed in Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida Crash

October 4, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Steve Davis was killed in a Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida crash on Sunday, news sources report. Davis, 57, died at the scene. His teen daughter, Katie Davis, was injured but is in stable condition. Two others were injured, though information regarding the their identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It is unclear whether anyone will be charged or if anyone will file for damages.

Family and friends reportedly indicated that Davis was headed to a 10:00 a.m. church service at Sunset Church of Christ with his teenage daughter, Katie, when the accident occurred. Davis reportedly served as a deacon at the church. His wife was apparently feeling ill that morning and had decided to stay home. Police have not yet confirmed that Davis was the one involved in the crash, but members of his church identified him to the press, sources say.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 9:40 Sunday morning at the intersection of Southwest 117th Avenue and Southwest 72nd Street in Southwest Miami-Dade. The intersection is regulated by a red light. Sources say two cars, including Davis's car, were stopped at the light on Southwest 117th Avenue in the northbound lanes.

Two other cars were driving towards the light, approaching the stopped cars from behind. One of the moving cars, which reportedly carried a driver and a teenage passenger, lost control and crashed into the other moving car, sources say. Members of Davis' church purportedly said the driver may have had a medical emergency, "We understand the person driving had a seizure and just kind of locked up and [his] foot went down... on the accelerator," a minister reportedly told the press. This has not been confirmed by officials.

The vehicle that was struck crashed into the two cars stopped at the red light. "[Davis's] car flipped all the way over. Katie was smelling gasoline and felt like she needed to get out of the car because she was afraid," a minister at Sunset Church of Christ Elder told the press. Davis sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene, sources say, though police have not yet confirmed that Davis was the one who died in the crash. Davis's daughter was reportedly injured and rushed to the hospital; she is in stable condition.

The driver and passenger in the car that lost control were injured as well; they are in stable condition, reports say. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured.
"I know of no one that had greater faith than Steve," Sherrill Hudson, a fellow churchgoer, reportedly said following the accident. "We lost one of the real rocks of our congregation. Their family and church family will help get them through this."

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