Broward County

An altercation between two drivers may have led to deadly crash, police say

Miami Herald File

A fight between two drivers may have led to a deadly crash involving a pedestrian in a Hallandale Beach intersection Sunday night, police said.

The accident happened sometime after 5:30 p.m. in the intersection of Northeast 12th Avenue and Atlantic Shores Boulevard.

Before the crash, the driver of a white van was seen “in an altercation” with the driver of a black Mazda SUV, said Pedro Abut, a spokesman for Hallandale Beach police.

“The van was seen leaving and trying to get away from the SUV,” said Abut, who added that the driver of the SUV was a woman.

The driver of the van, a man, was heading heading east on Atlantic Shores Boulevard when it collided with a white Toyota Corolla heading north on 12th Avenue, Abut said.

Abut said when police officers arrived they found a man in the grassy median with severe injuries. He was rushed to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center where he died, Abut said. The unidentified man is believed to be a pedestrian, according to police.

Officers also found the driver of the van, who Abut said got out of the car and collapsed in the street. He was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The man and woman in the Toyota were not injured, police said.

Abut said there were also reports of gunfire in the area, but that was not immediately confirmed. Police are now looking to question the driver of the Mazda.

“It is extremely important if someone witnessed this incident to come forward,” Abut said.

Anyone with information can call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).