Broward County

21-year-old with ‘amazing heart’ died after wrong-way crash near Broward airport

Adam Abdou-Essa
Adam Abdou-Essa - GoFundMe

Nearly a week after a wrong-way crash near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a 21-year-old Davie man has died, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Adam Abdou-Essa, who according to a GoFundMe page raising money for a “celebration of life” had a “huge, amazing heart,” died Tuesday at Broward Health Medical Center, where he had been since the July 25 accident.

According to BSO, Abdou-Essa was heading south on South Federal Highway just after 4 a.m. July 25, when a van heading north in the southbound lanes hit him head on.

BSO said Wednesday that the Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Carlos Varas, likely entered the wrong lanes at or before Griffin Road.

The impact, BSO said, sent Abdou-Essa’s car into the west guardrail. Abdou-Essa and his unnamed passenger were taken to Broward Health Medical Center. His passenger was treated and released.

Abdou-Essa’s family said in the GoFundMe post that the “family held on and we prayed, day and night begging, hoping and praying for a miracle.”

“Adam fought hard for his life, and we prayed for his recovery, however that is not what was in store for us,” his sister wrote.

BSO said Wednesday detectives continue to look into the crash and conducted a preliminary DUI investigation.


No charges have yet been filed. Anyone with information is asked to call BSO Det. Sean Williams at 954-375-3181.


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