Evan Rolando Soto and Jeffrey Steven Bryce Jr. were injured and another person was killed in a Miramar, Florida collision on Saturday, news sources report. Bryce sustained critical injuries in the crash; his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Soto, 26, sustained minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident; so far, no charges have been filed. It remains to be seen whether Bryce or relatives of the deceased will file for damages.
Reports say the accident occurred on the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike in Miramar. The extension, also known as the West Dade Expressway, stretches across Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The expressway has six lanes, with a grassy median in the center of the road.
The crash happened at around 2:45 early Saturday morning. According to reports, a police officer pulled Bryce’s 2004 Hyundai XG 350 over in the left lane for a traffic infraction, the details of which are not presently clear. Soto was westbound on the interstate; he allegedly collided with the Hyundai from behind.
The force of the collision caused the Hyundai to explode in flames. Soto exited his car, rushed to the Hyundai, and helped the driver escape the burning vehicle. However, Soto and another witness were unable to help the passenger in the Hyundai escape in time. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bryce was taken to Jackson Memorial Burn Center following the crash, where his condition was listed as critical. Soto sustained minor injuries and was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital. The FHP is currently investigating the crash and has not said whether speed played a role in the accident. So far, Soto has not been charged.
The Florida Turnpike is host to all sorts of accidents, some more bizarre than others. In October 2011, three people were injured in a plane accident on the turnpike, reports say. The accident occurred when a plane crash-landed on the turnpike in Broward County. The plane’s pilot and passenger, along with a car occupant, were all taken to the hospital following the collision. It is currently unclear what caused the plane to crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred in October 2011 on the Florida Turnpike near Hollywood Boulevard. A single-engine Socata TBM 700 airplane en route from Opa Locka Airport to North Perry Airport plummeted from the sky and crash-landed on the turnpike. Sources say the airplane struck at least one vehicle.
The plane’s pilot and passenger and a motor vehicle occupant were taken to an area hospital for treatment following the accident. The extent of their injuries was not listed in reports. While there was no fire following the crash, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department sprayed the airplane with foam as a precaution, reports say.
Reports say the airplane belonged to a leasing business in Miami. The crash caused several lanes of the Turnpike to close for several hours. It remains unclear whether a manufacturing defect, maintenance problem, or some other factor caused the crash.