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Cedrick M. Key, Antuan Houser, and Two Others in Lauderhill, Florida Crash; Houser Dies

Cedrick M. Key, Antuan Houser, and two others were involved in a Lauderhill, Florida single-car crash on Sunday, news sources report. The accident occurred when Key lost control of the SUV he was driving and struck a concrete barrier. Houser, 19, was pronounced dead following the accident. Key, 27, and two other passengers were taken to the Broward Health Medical Center. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have not been any charges or lawsuits.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:20 Sunday morning on Northwest 19th Street in Lauderhill. Northwest 19th Street has eight lanes, four going in each direction, and is separated by a grassy median with small trees. Reports say Key was driving a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer along the street with three passengers, including Houser, just before the crash.

Few details of the accident have been released. Reports do say Key lost control of the SUV, which veered across several eastbound lanes and collided with a wall and utility pole. As of now, it is unclear whether alcohol, speed, or inclement weather played a role in the crash. It was not immediately known whether the SUV’s occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Sources say the force of the collision killed Houser. Key sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center. Two other passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital as well; Information regarding those victims’ identities was not immediately available at press time. So far, reports have not provided an update on Key or the other two victims’ conditions. Police are asking for anyone with any additional details to contact the Lauderhill Police Department.

Broward County is one of South Florida’s largest counties, and as such is home to many thousands of traffic accidents every year. In 2010, there were 28,233 traffic crashes in the county, which resulted in 179 fatalities and 20,540 injuries, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. The number of crashes in 2010 were up from the previous year, which had 25,957 crashes, 189 fatalities, and 20,249 injuries.

Sadly, fatal car crashes happen on a day-to-day basis in South Florida. On Saturday, one woman was killed and another injured after their vehicle fell from Interstate 95 in Miami, reports say. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available at press time. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what conditions led to the fatal crash.

According to reports, the incident happened around 5:30 Saturday morning on Interstate 95 near Northwest 32nd Street. Reports say the victims were northbound in the express lane when the car struck the center median. The bump caused the vehicle to veer off-course and roll down an embankment, sources say. One of the victims was ejected during the crash; the other had to be extricated from the wreckage. “We had to cut part of a fence, get her out of the debris,” a police spokesperson reportedly said. Both victims were taken to the Ryder Trauma Center following the accident.

Sources: 8.5.13 Key Broward County Crash.pdf, 8.5.13 Miami-Dade County Crash.pdf, FLHSMV Crash Records – Key Broward County Crash.pdf.

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