CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – A violent car crash Monday afternoon claimed the life of a 6 year-old girl and sent several others to the hospital.
And two neighbors who heard the horrible sounds of the crash told CBS4′s Peter D’Oench they will never forget what they saw when they went to the scene.
“It’s terrible. Just terrible,” said one neighbor who declined to give her name. “I have young children and I know a 6 year old girl died. I saw the Mom. She was at the scene tonight. I would hate to be in her shoes. I heard her crying. It broke my heart. I was in the house and I heard the noise. And I said please stop, please stop.”
“This is more than terrible,” said her husband, who also did not want to be identified. “This tears me up. This is sad. I feel for the parents. In a matter of seconds, your life can change.”
Coral Springs Police and Fire Rescue rushed to the scene of the three car crash near the intersection of Wiles Road and Northwest 87th Avenue just after 3 p.m. The damage to the cars was so severe, several victims had to be extricated.
Coral Spring Police Lt. Joe McHugh says a 2001 Buick driven by Raymond Carmody, 65, was traveling westbound on Wiles Road attempting to turn left on NW 87th Avenue. His granddaughter Gwendolyn Hall, 6, was riding in the back seat. As Carmody turned left, his vehicle was struck by a 2005 Dodge being driven by Benjamin Colon, 27. After the impact, Carmody’s car collided with another car.
The driver of that Toyota, 40-year-old Delma Iris of Fort Lauderdale, was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center where she is in stable condition.
Gwendolyn Hall was killed instantly.
Her grandfather and Colon were rushed to North Broward Medical Center in serious condition.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
One neighbor is urging drivers to slow down on busy Wiles Road.
“One time somebody actually hit a fence here,” the neighbor said. “They speed like it’s a raceway. I just say slow down. Life can change in an instant.”
Police want calls from anyone in the public who knows something about this accident. The number to call is (954) 346-1306.