A Georgia man on his way back home after a weekend in South Flordia was struck and killed in Broward County after he got out of his own pickup truck to inspect the damage from an accident, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The accident with another pickup occurred at 5:20 a.m. Sunday in Tamarac on Commercial Boulevard near Florida’s Turnpike.
The driver who caused the initial crash took off before the man was struck by a passing vehicle, leaving a piece of his dark blue Chevy Avalanche behind, BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.
“He stopped initially and then just took off,” Moschella said.
Several hours later BSO detectives found the 2007 pick-up truck at 313 SW First Ct. in Pompano Beach. The truck has damage on the passenger side and the airbags were deployed. Moschella said it was not clear who was driving the truck.
At the original scene, the driver of the truck that struck the victim identified as John W. Jenkins, 58, remained at the scene. The victim’s passengers were family members.
According to Moschella, the driver of the Chevy pick-up was heading east on Commercial when he turned left to head north or south on the turnpike. Moschella said he turned right in front of a gray Nissan pick-up truck, which was heading west on Commercial. It is not clear who was at fault in that crash.
The front of the Nissan smashed into the passenger side of the other truck. The driver of the Chevy pick-up truck drove up a little and pulled over to the side of the road. The driver of the Nissan stopped right in the intersection and got out, said Moschella.
As Jenkins – whose wife and 18-year-old child were inside the truck – inspected the damage, a car heading west on Commercial struck him.
Moschella said investigators don’t believe the driver, identified as Jerson R. Paul, 32, was at fault because it was a green light and it was still dark out.
“This is a reminder for all of us that it is not safe to get out of your car in the roadway especially in the dark,” she said.
The accident happened only feet from the Tamarac Fire Rescue Station. Rescue workers heard the crash and ran out to help. The man was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he died.
Moschella said investigators are now reviewing red light camera footage that captured both crashes.
Any one with information is asked to call Broward CrimeStoppers at 954-493-8477 or BSO at 954-321-4840.