Dangers of Racing and Unsafe Driving – 3rd Teen Dies from Tragic U.S. 27 Automobile Accident

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A third teenage dies in a horrific crash along U.S. 27 in west Broward, Florida. Anthony Perez, 19, died at North Broward Medical Center after the crash. Dairon Ledesma, 15, of Hialeah, Florida, was killed at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 12:30 a.m. Ileana E. Mira, 19, of Hialeah, was also killed in the crash. Four other people were sustained personal injuries. An investigation into whether or not the crash was caused by illegal street racing is ongoing.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two cars, an Acura Integra and a Honda Civic, and a Freightliner truck were involved in the deadly crash. The FHP says the Honda and Acura were stationary in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 when the driver of the truck saw them, tried to stop, but could not. The truck hit both cars from behind, killing 3 passengers in the Acura Integra. Both cars’ passengers were reported to be wearing seat belts and neither drivers were suspected of driving under the influence.

According to Florida highway troopers, the crash occurred in an area along U.S. 27 that was shut-down earlier in the week for an illegal street-racing gathering. Although illegal racing is more common in Miami-Dade County, Broward County has seen its fair share of incidents. If you would like to read more on this story please see 3-car crash on U.S. 27 killes 3 teens, injures more.

Racing is a very dangerous activity. Not only are the drivers themselves put at risk of sustaining personal injuries or deaht, but passengers as well as observers are at risk of personal injury. In Florida, those charged with illegal street-racing risk having their license revoked as well as incurring higher fines.