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14-year-old killed, another teen loses arm in violent wreck on Miami’s Airport Expressway

A one-car crash on State Road 112, the Airport Expressway, in Miami early Wednesday killed one person and seriously injured another, according to early reports.
A one-car crash on State Road 112, the Airport Expressway, in Miami early Wednesday killed one person and seriously injured another, according to early reports.

One 14-year-old was killed and another lost his arm after an emergency roadside amputation when the car they were riding in careened into a guardrail on the Airport Expressway early Wednesday morning.

A third passenger, a 16-year-old boy, walked away with minor injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators say 14-year-old Jerome Gardner was behind the wheel of a BMW and was heading east on State Road 112 near Northwest 27th Avenue when he lost control. The car hit the guardrail at about 3:30 a.m.

Gardner died in the car. Clifton Patterson, 14, was critically injured, according to FHP. Carlton Smith, 16, was not injured.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that Clifton was trapped in the car. Rescuers removed him, and field surgeons amputated his arm on the scene, CBS4 said.

The crash shut down the eastbound lanes from Le Jeune Road to 27th Avenue, and the on-ramps to the highway.

It was not immediately clear how Jerome ended up driving the luxury car. According to CBS4, the car was registered to someone in Hialeah, but it had not been reported stolen.

FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez told reporters that crash was likely caused by a driver traveling “at a high rate of speed” and possibly “recklessly.”

“Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday in the United States,” Sanchez said.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.

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