Dennis Craig Klein of Margate, Florida allegedly struck a pedestrian on Wednesday, killing her, news sources report. Information regarding the pedestrian’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; she was pronounced dead at the scene. Klein, 62, remained at the scene and has not been charged with a crime. An investigation is ongoing; it is unclear whether the victim’s family will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:30 Wednesday morning in Pompano Beach. The victim was aboard a southbound Broward County bus on Hammondville Road shortly before the crash. She exited the bus at a stop near North Powerline Road, sources say. Based on reports, the victim then headed east along Powerline Road.
Klein was southbound on Powerline Road in his Toyota RAV4 when he struck the victim at a nearby intersection, reports allege. The victim was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Klein stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, reports say. It is not clear which party had the right-of-way when the accident occurred. The accident blocked traffic near the intersection for around four hours, sources say.
Detectives are in the process of identifying the victim. “The victim didn’t have any ID,” a police spokesperson apparently said. “They ran her fingerprints and didn’t get a local hit, and are running them through national and Homeland Security databases to see if we can get a hit and see who she was.” Any witnesses or anyone with additional details regarding the fatal crash should contact the Broward Crime Stopper’s hotline; callers can remain anonymous if they so desire.
Sadly, accidents involving pedestrians occur frequently in South Florida. On Friday, Fort Lauderdale pedestrian Brian George Katchmeric was killed after he stepped into the street and Frank Isaac Pais Munoz allegedly crashed into him, reports say. Munoz, 44, of Miami, did a U-turn to return to the site, accidentally striking and injuring 62-year-old bicyclist Russell Franklin. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the crashes; so far, Munoz does not appear to have been charged with any crime.
According to reports, the accidents occurred Friday evening on West Broward Boulevard. Sources say there was a storm sweeping through the area at the time. Katchmeric reportedly walked from the median on Broward Boulevard into oncoming traffic and was hit by Munoz’s 1997 Nissan Altima.
Munoz allegedly performed a U-turn to return to the scene. As he did, he reportedly struck Franklin, who was riding by on a bicycle. Franklin was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center with minor injuries; Katchmeric died at the scene of his crash.
Car accidents are prevalent throughout South Florida and are particularly deadly when pedestrians are involved. In 2010, 968 pedestrians were injured and 53 were killed in Broward County crashes, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. Broward County was among the top Florida counties for pedestrian-related injuries that year, coming in second behind Miami-Dade, which had 1,306 reported injuries in 2010.