Broward County

Two seriously injured in separate crashes in Davie

The minivan slammed into by the Mercedes drag racing down Davie Road on Sunday morning.
The minivan slammed into by the Mercedes drag racing down Davie Road on Sunday morning.

Two people suffered life-threatening injuries in a pair of crashes in Davie Sunday morning that involved a drag race on a main road and a speeding SUV tumbling into a police department parking lot.

The two drivers involved in the drag race, a Mercedes-Benz vs. an Infiniti down Davie Road, escaped serious injuries. Witnesses to the 10:30 a.m. contest estimated their speed to police as being over 100 mph.

Not as fortunate as those two drivers was a third driver who was exiting the parking lot of Restaurant Depot, 3500 Davie Rd., in a minivan. He was transported from the scene clinging to life after the Mercedes crashed into his vehicle, spraying glass and car parts all over the street next to Broward College.

Three young passengers in the Mercedes were taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t life threatening. Police said the Mercedes driver participated in the drag race with a teenager in the passenger seat and two elementary school-age children in the back seat.

About an hour earlier, an SUV rolled into the Davie Police Department parking lot — and not upright on four wheels.

According to an NBC6 report, the SUV was speeding on State Road 84 when it crashed into the parking lot at 1230 S. Nob Hill Rd. A witness told the Miami Herald the SUV rumbled through a red light at Nob Hill Road and State Road 84 at about 70 mph before hitting a car in the intersection and careening toward the police department parking lot.

The driver was ejected while his female passenger was trapped in the vehicle. Police say the passenger suffered life-threatening injuries.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal