Liberty City, Florida: Miami-Dade College received an unexpected shock when a stolen car crashed into one of its buildings on Tuesday, news sources report. The car was apparently carrying at least four people at the time of the crash. One was killed, one was in critical condition, and two were in stable condition, sources indicate. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. The driver fled the scene on foot, but was found at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the incident. It is too early to tell whether charges will be filed or if the victims will file for damages. It is also not known whether the driver has lined up a lawyer.
According to reports, the accident happened at Miami-Dade College’s Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center on Northwest 7th Avenue. The vehicle involved in the crash, a 2013 Lincoln, had been reported stolen on August 18 from a location near Northwest 13th Avenue and Northwest 147th Street. It is currently unclear whether the suspect who allegedly stole the vehicle is the same suspect who was driving the car when the crash occurred.
At around 1:00 Tuesday morning, the 2013 Lincoln was allegedly speeding by campus when it clipped a light pole, causing it to veer off of the road. “[The driver] spun out of control. By the time he caught any kind of control over it, it was too late, he was heading in the wrong direction straight into the college,” Rodney Payne, a witness, reportedly said. “Boom! He hits the college. The car is crumbled [and] it immediately catches on fire.”
Another witness and security guard at the college, Julius Miller, saw the fire and responded quickly, helping people out of the burning car before emergency workers arrived. “If it was me I would want someone to help me,” Miller reportedly said. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle managed to escape the vehicle and flee on foot.
One person died at the scene of the accident, sources say. Three others sustained critical injuries and were taken to the hospital. Two of the victims were listed in stable condition, while the third remained in critical condition.
Police purportedly began searching for the driver and eventually discovered that he had admitted himself into the Jackson Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately apparent in reports. Police have also withheld his identity, as the investigation is ongoing, reports say.
Building inspectors were at the school inspecting the light pole and the building for structural damages after the accident. It is too soon to say whether the collision jeopardized the school’s structural integrity. Classes were cancelled the next day while inspectors were at the school. So far, there has been no word as to when classes will resume near the campus.
“The police investigation into the incident and ensuing inspection and clean-up of the site are preventing regularly scheduled daytime classes from taking place,” a spokesperson for the school reportedly said. “While it is anticipated that the Center will reopen for evening classes, the college leadership will keep students and employees at the facility informed regarding the status of operations.”