Broward County

The driver turned his tractor-trailer. He didn’t know there was a car underneath it

A Southwest Miami-Dade man died on U.S. 27 south of Pembroke Road Thursday before dawn after his car hit a Frieghtliner tractor-trailer truck, Pembroke Pines police claim.

Alejandro Gallego, 53, was declared dead on the scene.

Pines police say Gallego was heading north on U.S. 27 in a 2013 Nissan as he passed Pembroke Road around 5:50 a.m. and Miami resident Leonardo Bandera, 32, was driving his tractor-trailer west, crossing Pembroke Road tgo turn south. Gallego hit the Frieightliner in the rear driver’s side.

Bandera “was unaware of the collision and continued to turn and go southbound on U.S. 27,” Pines police said.

South of Pembroke, Bandera noticed Gallego’s car.

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