CAR SLAMS INTO GAS PUMP, KILLING DRIVER
PORTION OF FEDERAL HIGHWAY CLOSED FOR HOURS
DATE: May 23, 2017 PIO# 17-5-32
An 18-year-old Hollywood man died after the car he was driving struck a gas pump and caught fire Tuesday night in Dania Beach.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Dania Beach and Hollywood Fire Rescue units responded to the 9:21 p.m. call and found one of two fuel islands at the BP Station, located at 701 S. Federal Hwy., on fire, with a car wedged on its side in between the pumps. Firefighters activated the emergency fuel shutoff and put out the fire using firefighting foam. BSFR’s Hazardous Materials Team also assisted on the scene.
According to BSO Traffic Homicide Unit investigators, Jose Villeda Romero, 18, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Southeast 7th Street at an extremely high rate of speed in a 2005 Mustang convertible and lost control after driving over a speed hump, sending the car off the road onto a grass shoulder, before it slammed into the fuel pumps and burst into flames. The driver was trapped in the car as bystanders unsuccessfully attempted to put out the fire. Romero died on the scene.
The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of Romero’s death. The crash investigation remains open and no criminal charges are pending at this time. The Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau and Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations are conducting a joint cause and origin investigation.
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Posted At: 05/24/2017 11:58 AM
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