Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-8-15

BSO Case Number: 11-1908-006866

Date:August 25, 2019

Time: 11:27 a.m.

Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Place of Occurrence: Northeast 33rd Street and North Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach

Victim(s): Wisly Isma, 46, 5/27/73, 1730 N.W. 1st Way, Pompano Beach (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): N/A

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are releasing the name of the driver who was killed when a train hit his vehicle Sunday morning in Pompano Beach. The investigation continues. 

The crash occurred shortly before 11:27 a.m. at the intersection of Northeast 33rd Street and North Dixie Highway. Traffic homicide detectives said multiple witnesses saw the driver of the westbound 2004 Honda Pilot stop at the railroad crossing, wait for the train, then drive forward and stop on the tracks. 

Detectives said the engineer tried but was not able to stop the southbound Brightline train until after impact. Investigators said the crossing gates were lowered, and all the safety equipment at the railroad crossing was working properly. 

The driver, who was later identified as Wisly Isma, 46, of Pompano Beach, died at the scene. 

Investigators remind pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to stop, look and listen when crossing railroad tracks. When a train is approaching, never go around the lowered safety arms. Do not underestimate the speed of the train. It may be traveling faster and be closer than you think. Even if the train engineer sees you, he or she will not be able to stop in time. Experts say it could take up to a mile for a train to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. In the end, trains always get the right of way.

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

Pompano Beach

Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
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