WESTON (CBS4) – Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a tractor-trailer slammed into two cars on U.S. 27 early Thursday morning.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said Placid Ferdinand, 42, was heading north on U.S. 27 in his 18-wheeler when he noticed an Acura Integra and a Honda Civic stopped side by side on the highway ahead of him.
Ferdinand hit the brakes but was able to stop in time before crashing into both of the cars.
Two of the passengers in the Integra were killed in the crash. According to police, 19-year-old Ileana E. Mira from Hialeah was one of the victims.
A third passenger, 19-year-old Anthony Perez, was critically injured. The 18-year-old driver, Raymon Garcia, received serious injuries. Garcia is a student at Miami Springs High School.
Emily, also a student at Miami Springs High school, said Garcia had “a nice car so he drove pretty fast sometimes.”
“Guys do a bunch of stupid stuff all the time,” Emily said. “I know a lot of people who race but I didn’t think much of it, you know. I know it’s dangerous but I never thought he would get into a car accident.”
The driver of the Civic, 18-year-old Angel Lazo, also received serious injuries. His passenger, 19-year-old Matthew Foreman, was critically injured.
Three of the injured were taken to Broward General Medical Center; the fourth was airlifted to North Broward Medical Center.
Ferdinand and his passenger, Sandy Ferdinand, 47, received only minor injuries.
The mother of Matthew Foreman said she was told both cars were stopped on the road because one driver was telling the other driver he was having car trouble and was pulling over.
However, FHP is investigating whether both vehicles were stopped and may have been racing.
All six teenagers are from the Miami area, CBS4’s Joan Murray reported.