Miami-Dade County

After deadly car crash at entrance, classes to resume at MDC in Liberty City

Classes at Miami Dade College's Liberty City campus are expected to resume a regular schedule Wednesday, a day after a deadly car crash killed one and injured three at the entrance.

The silver four-door Lincoln sedan was speeding north on Northwest Seventh Avenue, clipped a light post and crashed against a building. The car, which was reported stolen Aug. 18, exploded immediately after smashing into the wall, according to the Miami Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle ran away after the crash, leaving four people inside the burning car. One of the passengers was dead when officers arrived, authorities said.

Classes at Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 NW Seventh Ave., were canceled for most of the Tuesday, but resumed at 5 p.m.

Witnesses said the speeding Lincoln spun out of control and slammed into the campus entrance before bursting in flames, barely missing people at a nearby bus stop. Pieces of the car scattered across the sidewalk and street. One witness ran to the car to see whether he could help.

“I guess he tried to miss some of the guys at the bus stop,” Rodney Payne told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

“He veered and tried to turn away from them, but at the rate of speed he was going, it caused the car to spin. He spun out of control. By the time he got any kind of control over it, it was too late because he was headed straight into the college,” Payne said. “Boom, he hits the college. The car crumpled and immediately caught on fire.”

The identity of the victims were not released as of Tuesday evening.

Three passengers were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. One of the injured was in critical condition, according to Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes.

Police have detained the driver, who took off running and later checked into Jackson. The driver’s name or charges were not immediately known.