An 8-year-old Somerset Academy Miramar student died on her way to the first day of school Monday when a crash ejected her from the family minivan that then rolled on top of her.
Miramar Fire Rescue removed Sumaiya Zahin from the wreckage at Miramar Boulevard and Red Road and flew her to Hollywood’s Memorial Regional Hospital, where she was declared dead. Her mother, the minivan’s driver, went to Memorial Regional as a ground trauma alert.
Somerset Academy’s third-graders start at 8 a.m. Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said it was around 9:30 a.m. that the minivan, heading west on Miramar Boulevard, came upon the Red Road intersection. Rues said witnesses told police the minivan ran a red light at Miramar and Red. A Ford pickup truck moving south on Red Road T-boned the minivan, sending it into the spin that flung Sumaiya out of the vehicle. The minivan struck another car before landing atop the girl.
Whether speed played a role in the crash isn’t certain, but the girl was not wearing her seat belt, Rues said.