CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - An innocent driver is dead and her young son hospitalized after police said they were hit by a group of teenagers in a stolen vehicle in Coral Springs.
Coral Springs Police responded to the scene of a bad collision involving a suspected stolen vehicle, in Coral Springs Tuesday. The crash killed a mother and sent her 11-year-old son to the hospital.
Police said a surveillance camera detected a 2015 Toyota Corolla with a stolen tag at around 10:30 a.m., traveling eastbound on Sample Road.
When police attempted to pull over the vehicle, the driver, identified as 17-year-old Eric Abraham, took off and crashed into a 53-year-old Christianne Weiner’s Mercedes-Benz as she was crossing the intersection at Sample Road and Northwest 101st Avenue. Police said Weiner had a green light.
“The officer did get behind the vehicle and attempted to stop the car, but the car did not stop,” explained Coral Springs Police Detective Ernesto Bruna. “The vehicle failed to stop, and it continued eastbound on Sample Road at a high rate of speed, running the red light on 101st Ave.”
Weiner, a fourth-grade teacher from Coral Springs Elementary, and her 11-year-old son, were inside of the white Mercedes-Benz. Weiner was taken to Broward Health North in critical condition and, according to police, was pronounced dead a short time later.
A witness told 7News that she was just one car ahead of the victims’ Mercedes and could have easily been struck. “I’m just devastated. It could’ve been me. She was only one car behind me,” Janet said. “An innocent victim today has died, and I’m just, I’m devastated.”
Weiner’s son was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with injuries that were deemed not life-threatening. He is expected to be OK.
Pictures taken on the scene by a witness show the four young men from the stolen Toyota, injured, on the ground. All four, three teens and one adult, were transported in critical condition to Broward Health North.
The adult in that vehicle has been identified as 18-year-old Tyree Goodwin. He has since been arrested and faces a charge of grand theft. His bond is set at $3,500.
Meanwhile, Abraham faces several charges, including vehicular homicide, aggravated fleeing and eluding causing serious bodily injury or death, reckless driving and grand theft auto.
Police are still investigating and do not know whether they will be charging the other passengers in the Corolla.
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