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MIAMI (CBS4) – A South Florida cab driver was killed when his taxi burst in flame after being rear-ended on I-95.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the cabbie had stopped in a left middle lane around 2:15 a.m. with a flat tire just north of the 79th Street exit. Investigators said 24-year old Domonique Lindo was not able to stop in time and slammed into the taxi from behind with her Volkswagen Passat.

On impact the car bust into flames, killing the taxi driver. The FHP said the man’s body was badly beyond recognition and they are currently waiting on dental records to confirm his identity.

A trooper on the scene of the crash told CBS4 the taxi was a Ford Crown Victoria which has a history of exploding fuel tanks when the vehicle is struck from the rear. Ford Motor Co. has said it has addressed the problem in recent models.

According to the National Highway Traffic & safety Administration between 1999 and 2008 there have been at 35 deaths nationwide involving fires in these particular models. According to the Center for Auto Safety, from 1995 to 2010 there have been 28 fatalities involving 40 Crown Victoria police cruisers which have caught fire.

In May, 2009 FHP Trooper Patrick Ambroise was killed when his Crown Victoria patrol car was struck from behind while it was parked on the shoulder of the Florida Turnpike.

In 1997, FHP Trooper Robert Smith died after his cruiser, which was parked on the shoulder of I-95 in Miami, burst into flames after it was struck from behind July 26th.

Smith’s death, in part, prompted state lawmakers to pass the “Move Over” law which requires motorists to move over one lane when a law enforcement or emergency vehicle is on the shoulder of a major highway.

Comments (13)
  1. Phil Gaines Forklift says:

    I hope Louie doesn’t hear about this! He’ll blame Ignatowski anyway.

  2. 2commonsense says:

    This happens all the time. The stupid Dominique Lindo just murdered someone b/c she was not paying attention and probably speeding along the the highway. You drive based on visibility and adjust you speed accordingly. It is dark in the freeway then common sense tells you that just b/c the speed limit is 65 mph doesn’t mean you should be going 65 mph if you can see or respond to unexpected incidences on the road. I hope the officers had the common sense to side this driver. May be the family of the victim can begin to sue the daylights out of this idiot.

    1. Jimbo99 says:

      A flat tire doesn’t mean you stop in the middle lanes on a highway. The cabbie is the cause of this wreck period. Question, Who stops in the middle of the highway ? Answer, one who doesn’t want to live very long. Just because the tire is flat doesn’t mean you have the right to inconvenience the rest of the world, GTFOOTW applies.

      1. Super Trooper says:

        You, sir, are an idiot. How many times have you seen a vehicle broken down in a traffic lane? Does the fact the vehicle in in traffic mean some moron coming from behind should just hit it? Sometimes you simply can’t move a broken down vehicle, and that’s why a driver uses his eyes to LOOK at what’s ahead, and move out of the way of an obstruction. That actually is the law, and the driver who hit the cabbie will likely be found at fault. If you can’t see that, you are part of the problem in the road here.

    2. Really says:

      I hope this never happens to you. If it hasn’t, I hope it does (or something similar) so that you can live the same agony. You are an inconsiderate scoundrel and a sue happy idiot.

      Before you rush to judgements, know the facts. Who are you to judge? Where you there? Unless you were present at the scene and/or were there to witness the accident, I would not coment. I bet you feel strong and powerful living such harsh words, but in reality, you are nothing but a coward.

    3. Justsaying says:

      @2commonsense,Guess in your part of the world,commonsense is not that common.First,where you there to see the distance between cars?
      A flat tire will not stop you from pulling over and out of traffic,and he failed to so.

      The lawsuit can go both ways.He put the live of other drivesr in danger by stopping in the middle of a busy highway without proper safety measures in place.So what you,the officer and the rest of angry internet lawyers think,does not chage the laws set forth by the National Highway Traffic & safety Administration .So please stop thinking about money and have some respect for both families.

  3. ranger1 says:

    The dumb cabbie who got his license at 7-11, should have pulled off the hiway mooron

    1. RV says:

      That “dumb cabbie” was my brother in law and just to let you know, he did not get his license at 7-11 and he left behind a wife and an eight year old daughter. If something as tragic as this ever happened to your family- wonder if you would have the same sentiments.

  4. Emerson says:

    If I had a flat tire, I would keep driving ontil the next exit. A tire or wheel can be replaced but not a life.

  5. idiots says:

    Yeah, lets sue the person not responsible. This is just another example of the poor driving seen by these mostly immigrant taxi drivers in cars that shouldn’t even be allowed on the road.

  6. Rob says:

    Carlos, Super Trooper really didn’t have any grammatical mistakes except what appears to be accidentally leaving out the word “that” and replacing “is” with “in”… that by no means clearly makes him or her Creole… and you should not critique someone’s grammar when you say “unmoveable” which isn’t even a word. Correct word is immovable….. just saying…

  7. ChinChong says:

    As I read, I can feel the anger and ignorance of some. However the accident happened, it happened; and it was simply an unfortunate accident. Let me remind you that he was stopped in the middle of an interstate hwy, in the dark, at 2:15am. The driver could have been driving of a speed of 35mph and ithe car still will have burst into flames. Furthermore, they’re both victims. She will always live with this unfortunate accident in her mind. The typical greed of Americans is to sue-that’s synical. Think about how this is affecting both families and stop writing ignorant comments.

  8. ed4s says:

    Edwin. guys please have some respect for two victims of a sad tragedy.The ford crown victoria is to blame here,the tank exploded on impact,35 people died from 1999 to 2008,and 28 died from 1995 t0 2008 driving this car,we lost a few police officers the same way not because there are moron,immigrant,dumb ect.This is just a sad accident and a family man is gone,let just stop the blame here.A flat tire in the middle of the highway car passing by you on the left side and the right side what can you do,stay inside the car put your emergency light on and wait for the police or road rangers to help you,here came a 24 year old driving very fast,did not expected to bump to a car stopping in the middle of the highway,recipe for disaster.That can happened to anybody.I am a cab driver in miami for 3 years now and i am driving a ford crown victoria,i am very concerned right now for my safety.

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