An Opa-locka man was killed in Miramar Sunday after the car in which he was traveling sped away from a police vehicle but then plunged off an I-75 entry ramp into a retention pool.
Robert Andrade, whose body was thrown from the car and landed in 10 feet of water, was one of two fatalities in separate early-morning traffic accidents in Broward on the second day of the Labor Day weekend.
The identity of a driver killed in another, unrelated accident two hours later on I-95, still hadn’t been released late Sunday night.
Police said the one-car accident that killed Andrade began with a cryptic encounter with a vehicle in Miramar half an hour earlier. The cops noticed a 2007 Nissan Altima parked in a bus lane at 186th Avenue and Miramar Parkway around 2:20 a.m.
Because of several recent break-ins in the area, Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said, officers rolled up on the car and the driver “fled at a high rate of speed.”
Police pursued the Nissan briefly but soon lost it and broke off the chase. They soon spotted the car again — this time in the retention pond, where three passengers were outside and screaming for help. The 22-year-old Andrade’s body was found several hours later by police divers, about 20 feet from shore.
Police identified the passengers, all of whom escaped without serious injury, as Stephany Morel, 19, of Hialeah, Nicole Vigniero, 19, of North Miami Beach, and Victor Guzman, 17, of Miami. The police investigation is continuing.
The I-95 crash occurred around 5 a.m. near the State Road 84 exit and involved three cars, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A fast-moving white car apparently rear-ended a gray Infiniti and then a third car, igniting a fire. The driver of the white car died without ever getting out of the vehicle.