Broward County

4-year-old girl who was not in a car seat dies in crash

A 4-year-old girl — who was not strapped into a car seat — died Tuesday night when the car she was in careened into a utility pole after the driver attempted to make a U-turn in front of oncoming cars near Fort Lauderdale, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The fatal crash, which left three other people in the same car injured, happened around 8:50 p.m. at 1200 NW 31st Ave. near Fort Lauderdale.

According to BSO, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, carrying Tiana Boone-Welch, 24, Jordon Davis, 20, Tavuaris Welch, 38, and Majesty Folson, 4, was heading south on Northwest 31st Avenue when it stopped at the intersection of Northwest 12th Street to make a U-turn. Police did not identify the car’s driver.

Detectives say there were two cars, one unknown and a Nissan Pathfinder, heading northbound approaching the intersection when the Jetta began to make the U-turn “directly in their path.”

The unknown car avoided a collision by making a sharp right turn. That car traveled over the sidewalk, through a chain-lined fence and into a vacant lot, before taking off.

The driver of the Pathfinder, however, couldn’t avoid a crash. The SUV hit the passenger side of the Jetta, sending it into a utility pole, according to BSO.

The Pathfinder continued north, crossed over the median and came to rest in the parking lot of the shopping plaza.

All four people in the Jetta were taken to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition. BSO said no one in the car was wearing seat belts and a car seat was not found.

Majesty later died from her injuries.

The driver of the Pathfinder remained on the scene and spoke with detectives, according to BSO.

No charges have yet been filed.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff