Teen killed, 4 hospitalized after Fort Lauderdale crash

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A teenager was killed and four others were injured in an overnight crash in Fort Lauderdale, involving a stolen vehicle.

It happened just before 12 a.m., Thursday, on the Interstate 95 off-ramp, heading towards State Road 84.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police, a blue 2016 Mazda was traveling northbound on I-95 at a high rate of speed, when it lost control and struck a barrier wall.

Four people had to be extricated from the vehicle and rushed to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. The fifth victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

Officials said the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Palm Beach Gardens.

7News was on the scene where debris could be seen scattered across the roadway, and the mangled vehicle could be seen pressed up against a barrier wall.

The deceased victim was identified by his father as 17-year-old Letroy Martin Jr. He was a student at Lauderdale High School, and was a few days away from starting his senior year.

17-year-old, Letroy Martin

Martin’s father, also named Letroy Martin, said he was at work when he received a call saying his son never made it home. “From what I was told, he was with one of his boy cousins and two females,” he said. “To be honest with you all, I don’t really know whether I’m coming or going, like body numb, just like I don’t really think it has set in yet.”

Martin said he and his son had recently been discussing future college plans. “He hadn’t made up his mind as far as what he wanted to major in or what he wanted to study, but it was on the table as far as open for discussion.”

The identities of the four surviving victims have not yet been released.

Family members of all five victims have been gathering outside the hospital all morning to console one another.

If you have any information on this crash, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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