MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A crash involving two cars in Miami Gardens has taken the lives of three people and left a fourth person injured.
The Florida Highway Patrol said it happened around 12:30 on NW 2nd Avenue at 204th Street. A northbound grey Nissan Altima was trying to make a left turn and turned into the path of a southbound black Mercedes, according to investigators.
FHP says the driver of the Nissan Altima and his two female passengers were killed and the driver of the Mercedes was taken to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with minor injuries.
FHP Lt. Alex Camacho told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the driver of the Nissan Altima was at fault because he turned into the path of the Mercedes which had the right of way.
Those involved have so far not been identified because next of kin had not been notified.
As in the case of all such accidents, FHP will look into whether drugs or alcohol were factors or if the driver of the Nissan Altima was somehow distracted.
NW 2nd Avenue was shut down for five hours as investigators combed for clues and crews cleared the area. A light pole was knocked down and a traffic light was temporarily disabled.
A man who declined to give his name said he went to the scene after hearing that his friend who was driving the Mercedes was involved with the accident.
“I tried to call him but he did not answer,” said the man. “A friend of mine called me about the car accident. I could not believe it. It was very sad, very sad. I am very very emotional right now.”
He said sadly, the driver of the Mercedes had recently lost his mother as a result of the coronavirus.
“I think he had that personal tragedy and that was a sad situation,” he said.
Witnesses are urged to come forward