Rollerblader killed, 2 transported after car crashes into tree in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A woman who was rollerblading suddenly lost her life, while two other people remain hospitalized after a car crashed into a tree in Pompano Beach.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along the 600 block of Northeast 10th Street, at around 5:15 p.m., Wednesday.

According to officials, the driver of a silver Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and slammed into a tree.

The collision split the car in half, throwing both the driver and his female passenger from the car.

7Skyforce hovered over the scene where one half of the car could be seen in the roadway while the other ended up against a fence.

Debris from the car struck a passing rollerblader killing her.

A family friend of the victim said she was on the phone with her mother at the time of the crash. Her mother heard the crash then heard screaming before losing communication with her daughter.

She also said the victim’s mother desperately tried reaching out to family and friends to figure out what happened to her daughter.

Nearby residents told 7News the area is always busy with people who like to walk and bike in the neighborhood.

“I rollerblade here all the time, and that’s scary, especially with my dog,” said one woman.

“It’s terrible for some crazy driver– that’s not cool,” said one man. “People need to slow down.”

People living in the area said speeding is a major problem along the stretch of road, maybe even more dangerous with heavy pedestrian traffic.

“People come out here all the time to get exercise, and you know, you just never know when something could happen like this,” said Laura Freese. “It’s scary.”

The driver and his passenger were thrown out of the Nissan and rushed taken to Broward Health North with traumatic injuries.

“It’s really sad, yeah,” said another man. “Well, we walk here all the time, so it’s kind of scary.”

Some residents are even reconsidering using the trail at all.

“I might stick to the other side street rather than this street because that’s a little less trafficked,” said the woman with her dog.

The name of the deceased victim has not yet been released.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

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