A woman waiting at a bus stop was run over and killed after two cars “driving recklessly” caused a chain reaction in Lauderhill Thursday afternoon, according to police. Seven people, including one who was ejected from one of the cars, were injured and taken to hospitals.
Both cars were traveling north on U.S. 441 shortly after noon when they crashed, injuring several people standing at a bus stop, Lauderhill police Lt. Mike Santiago said. The woman who died was identified late Thursday as Helaine Elize, was sitting on the bus bench and trapped under one of the cars that crashed into the bus stop. Another woman, identified as Elsiane Tulisse, suffered injuries to her legs, police said.
The other car came to a stop a couple hundred feet north up the road, Santiago said.
Four people were trauma cases and transported to Broward Health, two were taken to Plantation General Hospital and the last injured victim was taken to Florida Medical Center, Santiago said. Two others were treated and released at the scene for injuries sustained by flying debris.
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The two vehicles were “driving erratically” before the crash, according to witnesses. Authorities are investigating the cause of the collision. One of the cars also downed a power line, which Florida Power & Light employees were trying to restore Thursday afternoon.
Police closed north and southbound traffic on U.S. 441 between 12th and 16th streets after the crash to accommodate FPL trucks, and said the area would remain shut as the investigation continued.
Late Thursday, police said they were looking for a 2005 Red Dodge Neon, with a black trunk and black rims, bearing Florida Tag HGK-S80, that may have been involved.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 954-493-TIPS (8477).
Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.