Lauderhill police identify women killed in weekend crash

Lauderhill police on Monday released the names of two women killed in a weekend crash.

The driver was identified as Marie Pierre, 56, and her passenger was Valerie Duncan, 52.

Both were taken to Broward General Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.

Police say the accident occurred at Oakland Park Boulevard and Northwest 56th Avenue when Pierre, driving a silver Toyota Rav4, apparently swerved to avoid another vehicle entering the intersection around 10:45 p.m. Friday.

Pierre lost control when her westbound vehicle struck a second car, then slammed into a large traffic signal pole near the waterfall in the northwest corner, according to Lauderhill Police.

The women were on their way to their jobs as nursing assistants at the Sunrise Rehabilitation Center in Sunrise.

“They had to be at work at 11 p.m.,” said Duncan’s husband Paget Duncan. “They had plenty of time. They were not speeding.’’

Duncan said police told him the car that entered the intersection did so because the traffic light was malfunctioning and did not change.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to contact the Lauderhill police at 954-497-4700.

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