One man is dead and another is in custody following a hit-and-run crash involving two cars and a tow truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The man in custody, Bradley Evan Ruben, 32, is charged with failing to stop at an accident involving a death and resisting an officer without violence, records show.
The crash happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 95 just north of the Oakland Park Boulevard exit.
Tow truck driver Robby Sternberg was helping Aleshandra Farve, 45, of North Bay Village, whose damaged rental car was on the shoulder of the highway.
“I was towing the lady’s vehicle and as I was loading up I got out of the truck to tie the lady’s car down and all of a sudden I saw a vehicle come straight at me and it pushed me to the side of the highway and another car came around me,” he said. “I don’t know if it flipped over me or went around me but I’m lucky I’m alive right now.”
Juan Pedro Garcia, 63, of North Bay Village, had arrived to pick up Farve and was examining the damage when a 2018 Volkswagen struck the 2018 Ford Focus that was being towed, pinning Garcia against the guardrail, the FHP said.
“A tow truck was loading a vehicle onto the rear when another vehicle left the roadway colliding with the rear of the vehicle that was being loaded on the tow truck, causing that vehicle to rotate around it, hitting a pedestrian, a non-motorist, up against the guardrail,” said trooper James Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said VW driver Ruben, of Hollywood, got out of his car and ran south along the shoulder of I-95. A Broward Sheriff’s deputy caught him a short time later and handcuffed him after a brief struggle, according to the FHP report.
Ruben was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment of cuts to his forehead, nose and face and was then detained.
During questioning, Ruben said he had eaten something laced with marijuana and that it affected him, the report stated.
He was booked into Broward’s jail shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, records show.
Garcia was taken to Broward Health North Medical Center where he later died, the FHP said.
The tow truck driver was unhurt.
“I’ve been doing this for 12 years and never thought anything like this would happen to me,” Sternberg said. “I’m lucky I’m here right now.”
Correspondent Jim Donnelly contributed to this report.
Early Wednesday a car slammed into a tow truck that was towing a woman’s car after she crashed on the northbound side of Interstate 95 near Oakland Park Boulevard.
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