CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – A Coral Springs neighborhood is mourning the loss of a longtime resident, Emil Angel, 69, after police say an unlicensed hit-and-run driver killed him.

The accident occurred around 11:40 am Monday as Angel was crossing University Drive and Ramblewood Drive, heading to Coral Square Mall.

Police say the 15-year-old driver was turning left on University Drive after heading westbound on Ramblewood Drive when he slammed into Angel.

Police say after the crash, the driver fled.

“He didn’t have a license anyway, he should not have been driving,” said Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh. “He had no valid driver’s license, only 15 years of age.”

Lt. McHugh said the impact of the crash was significant.

“It was absolutely a severe impact, hard enough where it actually caved-in the front windshield of the vehicle,” McHugh said. “(Angel) suffered severe injuries which ultimately took his life at North Broward Medical Center.”

A worker at a nearby business saw the crash happen.

“I heard a loud thump, like something hit a car or something,” said Chris Lewers. “I turned around and saw him land in the road.”

Fortunately, a Coral Springs Police Officer also witnessed the accident and rushed to help Angel. The officer also relayed crucial information about the hit-and-run driver heading into the mall.

A shopper, Danielle Bargman said she saw the teens — all 15 years of age — running.

“There were just three teenage boys running past, running through the parking lot into Macys,” said shopper Danielle Bargman. “Just running for their lives.”

Police put the mall on lock down and caught one of the teens inside the mall and the two others outside.

The news came as a shock to people who live near Angel just a few blocks from the crash site.

“Unbelievable, unbelievable,” said Angel’s longtime friend Lou Pizzingrillo.

Pizzingrillo said Angel stopped by each morning to chat and the friends shared stories from their time working for the New York Fire Department. Pizzingrillo said Angel also worked for the New York Police Department before retiring on disability years ago.

Pizzingrillo said Angel loved to walk around the area, like walking to a nearby gym.

“He told me he was going Christmas shopping,” Pizzingrillo said.

But Angel never made it on that errand.

All three teens were released. Police said they will likely charge the driver in the future but the passengers will likely not face charges.

Comments (16)
  1. gypsy says:

    He should be charged as an adult, he made his choice when he got behind the wheel of the car and lost his humanity when he left the scene.

  2. eye4eye says:

    scumbag kid throw the kid in jail 4 life!!!

  3. Jimbo99 says:

    Sometimes you have to take further responsibility when you cross the street too. When you have right of way, it’s still a foolish person that thinks the rest of the world is going to yield right of way. Look both ways and if a vehicle looks like it isn’t going to yield, stay on the sidewalk. when crossing the street, get across and don’t push your luck on a stale pedestrian crossing. I’m not saying the pedestrian was at fault, but there are situations where I wave others to go first, whether I’m driving a car, riding a bicycle or walking as a pedestrian. We all know there are right of way rules, but getting run over/hit isn’t worth sorting out the details. There’s being right, then there’s being dead right.

  4. lisa says:

    Let’s not blame the victim here please. This kid had no business being behind a wheel of a car – and he definitely knew right from wrong when he fled the scene. We love in a society of unaccountablitiy and irresponsibility. Its time that changes and the only way to do that is to make the penalties severe. God Bless this poor old man.

  5. Jason H says:

    When I drive, if I saw someone trying to cross the street and I slowed down till he/she past. Curtesy is #1.

    But when I trying to cross the street on foot , off course, I looked at both directions and when both sides were clear and I pass with caution.

    Commen sense. Our Chinese said ” Your heart always feleling like crossing a bridge “

  6. sergio says:

    yep, charge that little p.o.s. as an adult. the stupid law here in florida when it comes to minors is way too soft!

  7. Me says:

    This is not another country, this is the United States, and a 15 year old should not be behind the wheel. Too many people from other countries here with third world mentalities. I drove around Kendall today which I couldn’t avoid and wanted to kill someone. Shopping is even worse. I didn’t hear one person speak English and avoided about 10 car accidents because I am the courteous one.

    1. Rausky says:

      Too bad you weren’t the one killed. racist,closed minded people like you should ride the freaking bus!!

      1. pretzeldude says:

        Rausky, Me is totally right. You are an a@# hole, liberal POS. You are what is wrong with this country today.

      2. DEPORT ILLEGALS says:

        It’s not being a racist, when speaking the FACTS ! ! ! That poster was being nice in their post, iot’s actually MUCH MUCH worse with all the third world, disrespectful, non-assimulating, ethnic invaders here in South Florida ! ! !

  8. Left SF says:

    It is a typical south Florida story: reckless drivers and mean spirit!

  9. Paulo Palotano says:

    every day people walk out in front of moving vehicles, cellphone in hand, you dont belong in their tiny world, you cruise by shaking your head, yell out the window, Hang up the phone you freak, next thing you know youre in handcuffs for abusive language, shouldve just ran them the f*** over, and keep on going with a smile, thinking, WHOS NEXT !!!

  10. Cyndee Heelan says:

    It is ridiculous!! I don’t know about the rest of the World but it seems that the youth in South Florida can literally get away with murder. I had my cell phone stolen by a 14 year old boy. While waiting for the trial on my cell phone he robbed 2 gas stations. Nothing happened to him. I had my laptop stolen by another 14 year old boy, despite that fact that the week after he stole my laptop he punched an 80 year old in the face and broke his jaw and no showing in court 7 times, nothing happened to him either.

    It is BS that all three of the youth in the mall hit and run are not being charged with something. You can’t tell me that they didn’t know that their friend wasn’t old enough to drive, and they left the scene of an accident. And whose car was this? What ever happened to tuff love? Oh yeah, I guess that went out the window when time outs took effect! Something needs to be done about youth offenders!!


    ABSOLUTELY CHARGE THIS “punk” AS AN ADULT ! ! ! ! ! ! Put me on the jury and he will do the MAX ! ! ! ! ! !

  12. Monique says:

    I was in traffic that day and couldn’t figure out why it was taking so long to get anywhere! I am sorry to hear that this is what was happeening. What a shame.

  13. Adriana says:

    listen yeah he made a mistake but we all do and there making it seem like he did it on purpose saying he left him to die > he panicked and didn’t know what to do i would do the same and hes a good friend of mine so leave him be

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