PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY AUTO CARRIER

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

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PIO Number:
19-10-4
BSO Case Number:
07-1910-000101
Date:
Oct. 1, 2019
Time:
7:15 p.m.
Jurisdiction:
Tamarac
Place of Occurrence:
State Road 7 and Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac
Pedestrian:
Paul Herta, 60, male, 10/27/58, 900 Crystal Lake Drive, #2B, Pompano Beach (DECEASED)
Driver:
Alain Santana Gonzalez, 37, West Palm Beach 
Description of Incident:
A Pompano Beach man was pronounced dead October 1 after being hit by an auto carrier in Tamarac. 

At approximately 7:15 p.m., Alain Santana Gonzalez of West Palm Beach was traveling southbound on State Road 7 approaching Commercial Boulevard driving an auto carrier. When he arrived at the intersection, he stopped at a red light in the designated right turn lane, waiting for traffic to clear before making a right turn onto Commercial Boulevard.

A pedestrian on the sidewalk along the northwest corner of the intersection began to cross State Road 7 heading east in front of the auto carrier. As Gonzalez began to make the right turn, the front bumper of the vehicle pushed the pedestrian onto the ground, and he became lodged underneath the undercarriage.

Unaware he struck the pedestrian, Gonzalez made the turn and continued westbound until he was alerted by a witness. Tamarac Fire Rescue pronounced the pedestrian, who was later identified as Paul Herta of Pompano Beach, dead at the scene. 

Gonzalez remained on scene and cooperated with BSO detectives.

The traffic homicide investigation is ongoing. 

INVESTIGATORS:
Dets. Slagle-Grant & De Jesus, THI
Sgt. Hager, THI

Tamarac; TFR

THIS REPORT BY:
Robyn Hankerson/PIO
10/8/19  1138