FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4)-A motorist on a scooter suffered a tragic death after he was struck by a van and a tractor trailer early Saturday morning. But police said the driver of the van took off and swapped positions with the passenger before he was caught.

The 27-year-old man was heading north on S.R. 7 at around 2 a.m. when he fell off his scooter and landed on the roadway. A Chevrolet van driving behind the scooter struck the man as he laid on the ground. Then, an oncoming tractor trailer was unable to avoid the man and also struck him.

The driver of the tractor trailer immediately stopped and remained on scene.

But police said the driver of the van, 47-year-old Nicholas Meenan, kept on going and pulled into the parking lot of a nearby McDonalds, then attempted to flee.

An off-duty Fort Lauderdale Police officer stopped the van at SW 16 Street and Fairfax Drive. Police said Meenan had swapped positions with his wife, who was now behind the wheel. The Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force responded and collected samples for toxicology tests.

The victim’s name is not being released pending notification of his next of kin.

Meenan is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

BSO Traffic Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact BSO detectives at 954-765-4321.

Comments (7)
  1. GAIN AND AGAIN says:

    Is Mr. Meenan happy? Does he Live in HIALEAH, FL or MIAMI-DADE COUNTY? wAS HE WEARING A SEAT-BELT? And we have OTHER PROBLEMS here, toooooo!

    1. ctc says:

      Meenan is innocent

  2. SoBe_Mike says:

    Most of the people driving scooters are dumb and I’m amazed more are not killed with the way they drive through traffic.

  3. Vincent Marinello says:

    Because of the actions of idiot after idiot the police should set up many more ck points and make sure people on the road are on the road legally…. The hell with rights too many people are dying at the hands of these fools…

  4. Kenny says:

    um.. don’t listen to this Vincent person for the love of everything. please 🙂 thank u

  5. ctc says:

    i agree with mike scooter drivers dont not belong on the road expecially a big highway such as sr 7. i wana know how the guy fell off the scooter because i know the man of the van didnt wanna hurt that man on purpose

  6. josh says:

    maybe he didnt want to hurt the man on purpose but they left him there for dead and then traded seats with his wife and were driving home to go to bed. That is wrong by any means it could of been my kid or yours on a freinds scooter being a kid. Sad to see that Florida is filled with heartless idiots.

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