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Emanuel Forgue of North Lauderdale, Florida Killed in Crash with Micheline Antoine-Bright

Emanuel Forgue of North Lauderdale, Florida was struck by driver Micheline Antoine-Bright while hurrying across a road to a bus Saturday, news sources report. Forgue, 80, reportedly later died at the North Broward Medical Center. Antoine-Bright was not injured. Police are currently investigating further. So far, Antoine-Bright has not been criminally charged for the incident.

Reports say Forgue was born in Haiti but moved to the United States sometime later. Forgue was retired and was an active member of the First Haitian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, according to the press. Forgue leaves behind two sons, Ednan and Gerson Forgue, and two daughters, Vonette and Evita.

According to reports, the crash occurred around 8:28 Saturday evening at the intersection of Coconut Creek Parkway and North State Road 7 in Margate. Forgue had apparently just attended church, and a friend drove Forgue to the area so he could take the bus, sources say. Upon being dropped off, Forgue reportedly began crossing North State Road 7 in order to get on the bus. It is not clear in reports whether he was using a crosswalk.

As Forgue was crossing the street, he was reportedly struck by Antoine-Bright’s Nissan, which was traveling south on North SR 7. Forgue was rushed to the North Broward Medical Center following the crash. Sadly, doctors declared him deceased shortly after his arrival. An investigation is ongoing.

Broward County is the second largest county in Florida by population. Census records show there are 1,748,066 people living in Broward County. As a result, the county is home to many car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 28,233 traffic crashes in the county, which killed 179 and injured 20,540, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. The number of crashes in 2010 was up from the previous year, which saw 25,957 crashes, 189 crash-related deaths, and 20,249 crash-related injuries.

With its large coastline and a vast variety of lakes and rivers, Florida is also home to plenty of boating accidents. This summer, David Landazuri, ten-year-old Hunter Gonzalez, and nine-year-old Javier Nunez were badly injured when their inner tube struck a dock, sources say. Landazuri, Gonzalez, and Nunez were all taken to the hospital following the incident. Hunter Gonzales reportedly passed away in the hospital soon afterwards. An update on Nunez and 31-year-old Landazuri’s conditions is not currently available.

The incident occurred on a Saturday at Lake Lulu in Winter Haven, the press says. Landazuri, Gonzalez, and Nunez were all on an inner tube, which was being pulled by a motorized vessel, sources say. A relationship between the three victims was not specified in reports. It is also not clear who was steering the boat.

The accident occurred when the vessel attempted to make a right turn, sources say. The inner tube the victims were on reportedly struck a dock during the turn. All three victims were rushed to the hospital, reports say. Hunter sustained life-threatening injuries, Landazuri sustained critical injuries, and Javier sustained unspecified injuries, but was described as in stable condition. Hunter died at Tampa General Hospital soon after, sources report.

Sources: 10.8.13 Forgue Crash.pdf, 10.9.13 Lake Lulu Crash.pdf.

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