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Davie, Florida Collision Sends Motorcyclist and Two Others to the Hospital

A Davie, Florida motorist crashed into a motorcycle while attempting a left turn on Sunday, news sources report. The motorcyclist and two occupants of another car were sent to the hospital as a result. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. The motorcyclist was in critical condition following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It remains to be seen whether the motorcyclist will file for damages>.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 1:30 Sunday afternoon near a Publix on University Drive, which is a six-lane road with a grassy median in its center. A car traveling northbound on University Drive attempted a left-hand turn and collided with a southbound motorcyclist, sources say. The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike, which continued without its rider until it crashed into a car that was exiting the Publix parking lot.

The motorcyclist sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital. It was not immediately known whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Two occupants of the second vehicle were also taken to the hospital; an update on their condition was not available at press time. It does not appear as though the first driver was injured.

Records show there are around 26,000 traffic accidents in Broward every year, a large number of which can be attributed to left-hand turns. “Especially on a busy multi-lane road, you’re going to make a left turn … you have to navigate across several lanes of oncoming traffic — something that humans are a little bit bad at doing, judging the speed and distance of approaching vehicles — it’s sort of a stressful maneuver,” a traffic engineer said.

While many of Florida’s near-fatal accidents occur on the road, sometimes they occur closer to home. A 10-year-old Pompano Beach boy nearly drowned Saturday after he and his brothers decided to go swimming at a vacant house, reports say. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not released at press time. Police are currently investigating the events leading up to the incident and have not said whether anyone will be charged in connection to the incident.

The incident began when the victim, his brother, and his two stepbrothers began meandering around their Pompano Beach neighborhood to find a way to cool down and have some fun. Two of the other boys are 14, sources say, while the remaining boy is 12. The four boys found a vacant home with an in-ground pool and a slide in the 600 block of Northeast Third Street at around 8:00 Saturday evening. Since no one was around, the boys decided to go for a swim.

The boys enjoyed their swim until the youngest boy went down the slide, crashed into the water, and sank to the bottom, reports say. A few moments passed and the boy didn’t resurface. The three other boys weren’t able to reach the victim because they were not good enough swimmers, so they called to a passerby for help. The passerby was also unable to swim well enough to rescue the victim, sources say.

The group called police, and Broward Sherriff’s deputies arrived at the home, pulled the boy from the water, and started resuscitation. The victim was taken to the Imperial Point Hospital and later transferred to the Broward Health Medical Center. His condition remained critical throughout Sunday.

Sources: 6.10.13 Davie Collision.pdf, 6.10.13 Davie Collision Left Hand Turn Research.pdf, 6.10.13 Davie Collision Crash Statistics.pdf, 6.10.13 Pompano Beach Drowning.pdf.

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