Fort Lauderdale Police on Friday identified the two men who were killed early Thursday when an out-of-control Porsche hopped a curb, plowed through the bushes and mowed them down near downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Mackendy Jules, 30 and Samuel Artez Martindale, 35, were in the parking lot on the corner of Broward Boulevard and Southwest Fifth Avenue when they were fatally struck by a car being driven by Alyza Rachel Russell, 22.
Russell may have been under the influence of some substance, police said. She has not been arrested in the mens deaths, pending results of a toxicology report. That could take six to eight weeks.
On Friday, Det. DeAnna Greenlaw said a preliminary investigation showed Russell was heading west on Broward Boulevard when she attempted to make a left turn on Southwest Fifth Avenue, near the Museum of Science and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Instead she went through the hedges and into the parking lot, where many homeless people hang out and sleep.
It was like a scene out of a movie, said Michael Lacey, who saw the crash unfold just after 2 a.m. I heard a screech and a loud crash.
There was a third person sitting on the curb who was able to escape injuries, police said Friday. The third persons name will not be released until the investigation is complete.
The names of two passengers inside the Porsche also will not be released until the case is closed because they are part of the investigation, Greenlaw said.
Red light cameras on Broward Boulevard may have captured the accident, but Greenlaw said all video obtained will not be released until after the investigation is completed.
According to court records, Russell was charged with driving without a license and driving without lights in June 2012. At the time she was driving a 2009 Porsche. She pleaded no contest to the charge and adjudication was withheld, records show.