Three people were killed in car crashes in South Florida early Thursday — including one man who survived an initial crash only to get run over by another car.
The first tragedy happened at 1:35 a.m. in front of Bayside Marketplace. According to Miami police, a man was trying to cross Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Fourth Street when he was struck by a taxi cab. Attempts to revive the man failed, and the cab took off.
Police later identified the taxi as Yellow Cab #532, with license plate ACU E95. After hitting the victim, the taxi continued north on the boulevard, police said. Early Thursday afternoon they were trying to retrieve video.
The name of the dead man has not been released because his family had not yet been notified.
Late Thursday afternoon police found the taxi they believe was involved in the accident. It was found unoccupied at 119th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.
By 9 p.m. Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said there had not been any arrests and detectives will soon begin to collect evidence from the cab.
The other incident took place two hours later and about 30 miles north.
Plantation police said it was about 3 a.m. when a Ford truck slammed into a light pole on South Pine Island Road and Peters Road. The passenger was ejected and died on impact. The driver survived and managed to crawl out of the vehicle — only to get struck by a car that kept on going.
Police identified the passenger as 37-year-old Jennifer Catherine Jacon and the driver as 31-year-old Patrick Michael Kallman. Kallman died on the way to the hospital.
Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that a Plantation police officer heard the crash and rushed to the scene.
“When he got out he observed two people lying in the street,” Plantation Fire Department spokesman Jeff Gordon told the station. “We responded and found a female who was dead on arrival who had apparently been ejected from the pickup truck. We also found a male several feet north of the vehicle who was listed as a level 1 trauma alert.”
Police are looking for the driver of the small white or light-colored older model car that hit Kallman. They said the car will likely have damage on the left side.