PEMBROKE PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - One person has died and another was injured after a traffic stop turned deadly in Pembroke Park.
Miramar Police said the crash resulted after an attempted traffic stop along Miramar Parkway, near Southwest 66th Terrace, at around 9 p.m., Thursday.
They said a speeding driver did not stop for officers.
Police said they discontinued the stop but could see the driver ahead of them as he hit a pedestrian in the area of Southwest 34th Street and 64th Avenue.
The vehicle still did not stop.
Officers spotted the vehicle after it crashed along Hallandale Beach Boulevard near 44th Avenue.
“I heard he was on a chase, he hit the pole, and his car flipped,” said witness Troy Smith.
Camelle Mouscardy, who works at a nearby shopping plaza, said she heard a loud noise and then saw the car coming toward her store. She said it stopped yards away and caught fire.
“When [we heard] the noise, the big noise, a lot of people were inside. They started to come outside from everywhere and see what’s going on,” she said.
Smith described the fiery scene he recorded on cellphone video.
“Flames all in the air, it was like a movie. I see the car on fire over there and the ambulance with the water hose spraying on the car,” he said, “and then the ambulance [crews] trying to bring the guy back to life.”
Police said the driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
“The man flew out of the car, man,” said Smith.
Smith said the driver was far from the car and was in bad shape.
“He wasn’t moving. He wasn’t moving at all. His body was like — it’s crazy,” he said.
The pedestrian who was hit is expected to be OK, according to police.
7News cameras captured the overturned vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Hallandale Beach Boulevard, which was blocked off with police tape.
The car also knocked down several poles in its path.
Hallandale Beach Boulevard was shut down in both directions but has since reopened.
Miramar Police said the area in which officers initially attempted to stop the driver is dealing with the issue of speeding drivers crashing into nearby homes.
“That’s the second time in that same area that something happens this year,” said Smith. “A girl died in the same area this year for speeding, hitting the pole, and now this guy just died hitting the pole, and [the car] flipped? People have got to slow down.”
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