One dead in North Lauderdale t-bone crash
A Lauderdale Lakes man died after the Mazda he was driving was struck by another car Wednesday afternoon in North Lauderdale.
Just after 1 p.m., Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded along with North Lauderdale Fire Rescue to a report of a serious injury crash on Rock Island Road at Forest Boulevard. On arrival, responders found a Mazda, on its side, pinned among three cars. The driver of the Mazda, Taj Michael Harris, 28, was trapped inside. Rescuers had to cut the roof off the car with hydraulic rescue tools to free the victim.
According to witnesses to the crash, Markita Bynes, 18, was driving westbound on Forest Road in her Infiniti when she ran a red light, striking the northbound Mazda. The impact caused the vehicles to careen across all six lanes of Rock Island Road, then crash into two parked cars on an access road. The Mazda came to rest almost vertically in between the other vehicles.
Once extricated from the Mazda, Harris was airlifted by BSO Air Rescue to North Broward Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Bynes was taken by North Lauderdale Fire Rescue to Northwest Medical Center in Margate with non-life threatening injuries.
BSO Traffic Homicide detectives are conducting the crash investigation. What, if any, charges would be determined pending completion of the investigation.
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