Monica Patterson was killed and a driver was badly injured in a Perrine, Florida collision on Monday, news sources report. The accident occurred when another driver, who was fleeing police, allegedly crashed into the pair’s vehicle and fled the scene. Patterson, 55, was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the vehicle Patterson was riding in sustained critical injuries was taken to the Kendall Regional Medical Center, sources indicate. Police are still investigating the crash. So far, the hit-and-run driver has not been located. Charges are pending.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 1:00 Monday afternoon at the intersection of 176th Street and Southwest 105th Avenue in Perrine. Traffic at the intersection is purportedly regulated by a stop sign. Reports say police were attempting to pull over GMC Denali near the scene when it began to flee. Police do not appear to have released why they were pursuing the Denali, although the press states that it may have had to do with a robbery.
Although police apparently didn’t chase after the vehicle, the Denali reportedly sped to the nearby intersection, where it ran a stop sign and crashed into a red Ford Taurus. The driver of the Denali fled the scene on foot following the collision, sources allege.
Patterson, a passenger in the Taurus, was purportedly declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Taurus suffered serious injuries and was rushed by helicopter to the Kendall Regional Medical Center, reports indicate. That driver has been listed in serious but stable condition, sources say. Police are still hunting for the driver of the GMC Denali.
Sadly, hit-and-run crashes are especially prevalent throughout South Florida. Drivers flee the scene of crashes for a variety reasons, usually because they are afraid of the legal consequences. In many cases, hit-and-run drivers may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving on a suspended license, giving them extra incentive to flee. Sometimes, though, drivers leave the scenes of crashes simply out of panic, only to turn themselves in at a later time.
Earlier this month, Deerfield Beach resident Edward Thomas was apprehended after he ran into pedestrian Jorge Escalante and fled the scene, sources report. Escalante, 29, died of his injuries. Thomas, 30, eventually came forward and was taken into police custody on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injuries and driving with a suspended license. Sources did not say whether he made bail or hired legal aid.
Reports say the accident happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of West Sample Road. Thomas was on the road in his 1995 Toyota Camry when he struck Escalante, who was attempting to cross the street at the time, sources allege. Further details were not immediately available. Thomas purportedly fled the scene following the crash.
According to reports, police recovered a rear-view mirror from the scene of the accident and used it to track down Thomas’s 1995 Toyota Camry. On the Friday after the accident, Thomas turned himself over to police.