By Rielle Creighton

MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – Authorities have identified the driver who died after crashing into a construction site in Miramar.

Police it happened on a Douglas Road near County Line Road. The northbound lanes of Douglas were closed to traffic because fo the construction and there were barriers up and signs posted about the lane closure and detour.

Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said around 2:15 a.m. the driver of a White Chevy Tahoe, who was heading northbound, drove past the barriers and detours and crashed into a piece of construction machinery on the site. “I heard was a big loud bang,” said Lawrence Mackey who lives nearby.

It was initially reported that the machinery toppled over onto the SUV. Rues said the machinery was actually stationary and the vehicle drove underneath it.

The driver, who was pronounced dead on the scene, was identified by police as 32-year-old Luis Jesus Rodriguez Jr.

Some drivers stopped to take a look.

“Just an unfortunate incident that took place over here,” said one man.

Mackey said he’s surprised this hasn’t happened before. “Normally, people don’t pay attention to that sign because I walk this way quite frequently. I figured something was going to happen,” he said.

Miramar police are now trying to determine what led to the crash. They are awaiting toxicology results.

On Thursday evening people had congregated under the overpass for a candlelight vigil.

Rielle Creighton

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