LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) — A Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crew on their way to an emergency call had an emergency of their own Wednesday morning in Lauderhill.
Investigators and witnesses said the driver of the ATV did not stop at a stop sign, near NW 26th Street just West of 441, before pulling out in front of a rescue truck responding to an emergency call.
Deputies said a witness told investigators the rescue truck had its lights and sirens on.
“The witness said the rescue vehicle slowed down and, out of nowhere, apparently at a high rate of speed, came the ATV that collided with the rescue truck,” said Mike Jachles with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the ATV, an adult male, got wedged under the truck. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Jorricho Pratt said his brother Jerron was riding the ATV to the store. He said his brother broke a leg and has internal bleeding. He wonders if the rescue truck saw his brother.
“As far as I can tell, there’s no way that they slowed down at that stop sign or they stopped at the stop sign,” said Jorricho.
One witness who didn’t want to go on camera told CBS4 News that the ATV rider did not stop at the stop sign and pulled out in front of the rescue truck. But Brian McQueen who lives a few houses away from the accident scene said he saw something different.
“He stopped at the stop sign and went left and I watched the ambulance come across,” said McQueen. “You really can’t say who was at fault because he was already going left and I guess they was already going somewhere.”
Jorricho said his brother was not wearing headphones or a helmet. He also admits that the ATV is not supposed to be on the street.
“It’s not a street legal ATV. It’s not,” said Jorricho.
At last check, Jerron who has a wife and son was undergoing surgery to deal with internal bleeding.
Meantime, traffic homicide investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are working to sort out exactly how the accident unfolded.
According to the law, drivers must yield to emergency vehicles that have their lights and sirens on.