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FHP: West Palm Beach Woman, 72, Dies In Crash Near Fort Lauderdale Airport

FORT LAUDERDALE — A 72-year-old West Palm Beach woman died when the SUV she was riding in struck another vehicle and crashed near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A 48-year-old West Palm Beach man who was driving the vehicle sustained serious injuries in the wreck which took place on Interstate 595 near its intersection with Federal Highway.

FHP did not identify either person citing a policy it adopted last year about withholding the identities of crash victims. A total of six people were in the SUV, whose make and model FHP also did not identify.

According to FHP’s crash report, the SUV was eastbound on I-595 in the lanes that only allowed vehicles to exit onto U.S. 1 on the east side of the airport.

It said the driver “made an improper lane change” from the inside lane to the outside one, veering left and sideswiping a sedan.

FHP said the SUV then veered to the right and struck a concrete support barrier before veering left again and striking another barrier.

The crash “is pending investigation,” FHP said.

Paramedics took all six people in the SUV to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale where the 72-year-old woman died. She was sitting in the left-rear passenger seat, FHP said.

A 45-year-old West Palm Beach woman and three juveniles in the SUV sustained minor injuries. Three people from Weston were in the sedan. None were injured, FHP said.

All nine people involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to FHP’s report.


Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving.  “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles.  If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”

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