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Julian Cantillo Injured in Southwest Ranches, Florida Hit-and-Run Accident; Bicyclist Killed

Julian Cantillo was injured in a Southwest Ranches, Florida hit-and-run accident spree that killed a bicyclist on Saturday, news sources report. The hit-and-run driver was not identified in report and was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital wit minor injuries. Cantillo, 28, was also taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation and say at least five cars were involved in the hit-and-run spree. Charges against the suspect are pending. It is unclear whether the defendant has hired legal representation.

According to reports, the incident began in the 15900 block of Stonetower Street around 11:00 Saturday morning. The driver of a red Toyota reportedly crashed into a parked car and police responded to the scene; however, when an officer went to pull over the Toyota, it fled, reports say. The officer chased the Toyota through the 5000 block of Hawkes Bluff Avenue, where it reportedly crashed into another parked vehicle.

The Toyota continued to flee as officers trailed it down Southwest 148th Avenue, sources say. According to reports, the Toyota attempted to pass another vehicle and struck a bicyclist an eastbound bicycle lane. The impact caused the bicyclist to fly off his bike and land in the street, reports say. The Toyota continued to flee.

Pursuing officers followed the hit-and-run driver onto the westbound lanes of Griffin Road. As the suspect fled down the street, he or she veered onto the wrong side of the road and clipped a white Audi carrying Elaine and Juliana Cantillo; a black Porsche driven by Donnie Wright; and another unidentified vehicle. The hit-and-run spree ended when the Toyota collided head-on with a red Jeep Grand Cherokee, reports say.

Following the accident, paramedics took the hit-and-run driver to the Memorial Regional Hospital. Detectives say charges are pending. It is not yet clear whether the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident.

Paramedics took Julian Cantillo to the Cleveland Clinic with minor injuries. Paramedics pronounced the bicyclist dead at the scene. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured. It remains to be seen whether any of the victims of the crash will be suing for damages. Reports say Broward County Animal Control is trying to locate a dog that was traveling in a vehicle involved in the accident, but that escaped during the melee.

In other accident-related news, one person was killed in a West Miami-Dade accident on Friday, reports say. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available. Detectives are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. So far, no charges have been filed.

According to reports, the accident occurred on the Dolphin Expressway in the westbound lanes of State Road 836 and Northwest 57th Avenue. The Florida Highway Patrol says a passenger vehicle collided with the rear end of dump truck. Paramedics arrived on the crash site and pronounced a passenger inside the dump truck dead at the scene. It is unclear whether the accident injured anyone else. It is also unclear whether either driver was at fault.

Sources: 12.16.13 Southwest Ranches Hit-and-Run Spree.pdf, 12.16.13 West Miami-Dade Collision.pdf.

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