NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A driver was killed and another was rushed to the hospital after a pickup truck slammed into a car in a Northeast Miami-Dade neighborhood with such force that the smaller vehicle ended up severed in half, officials said.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the violent collision took place at the intersection of Ives Dairy Road and Northeast 10th Avenue, at around 3:50 p.m., Saturday.
Troopers said the driver of a white Ford F-150 was heading west on Ives Dairy Road at the same time that the driver of a blue Dodge Challenger was going east. When the driver of the truck made a left turn at the stoplight onto Northeast 10th Avenue, the two vehicles collided, causing the Challenger to crash into a light pole and split in two.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded shortly after and pronounced the driver of the Challenger dead at the scene.
7News cameras captured the F-150 with severe front-end damage and the Challenger reduced to a ball of mangled metal.
Crews transported the surviving motorist to an area hospital with minor injuries.
Area residents said wrecks like this have been happening far too frequently. Neighbor Sheri Rosenthal, who lives just feet away from the intersection, said this is the second crash near her home in less than two weeks.
“My nerves are completely shot,” she said.
Rosenthal shared photos with 7News of a car that came crashing through a wall and into her backyard last week, barely missing her house guest.
“I literally froze for 15 minutes. I could not move,” she said. “Someone ran the light, and to avoid hitting that person, he slammed into the wall, and it happened so fast that — he said his brakes gave out, and he didn’t have time — and according to the police, he went at 40 to 50 miles an hour.”
That is why Rosenthal and other neighbors are calling on county officials to find a solution to help stop the constant collisions.
“They have to put something at this light where people slow down,” said area resident Roger Berthelemy. “People are speeding on Ives Dairy all the time. That’s why these [crashes] make me scared.”
Just before 7:30 p.m., 7News cameras captured the mangled Charger being loaded onto a flatbed truck and towed from the scene.
Authorities have not specified who was at fault, as they continue to investigate.
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