A woman and man were killed and four others were injured Monday in two separate accidents on busy South Florida highways.
The first accident happened about 11:44 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Hollywood Boulevard when a Mercedes with two people inside rear-ended a Honda with three passengers. The Honda had a flat tire and was struck while on the inside emergency shoulder.
The impact pushed the rear end of the Honda into the back seat, killing Miami resident Esther Lambert, 23. Passenger Guevara Romain, 18, of Pompano Beach, was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he later died from his injuries, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Roger Reyes said.
The Honda's driver, Deerfield Beach resident Erick Jean-Baptiste, 24, was also taken to Memorial Regional, where he remained in serious condition late Monday, Lt. Reyes said.
The woman driving the Mercedes, Kelly Garrick, 35, of Pompano Beach, was not injured. Her passenger, Amos Davis, 24, also of Pompano Beach, was treated for an injured thumb, said Hollywood Fire-Rescue spokesman Matt Phillips.
The collision shut down two inside southbound lanes, backing up traffic for more than an hour past Interstate 595, Reyes said.
The second accident happened about 2:23 p.m. along Interstate 595 and Davie Road. A westbound Nissan crossed the median and collided head-on with a Chevrolet pickup truck and also hit a Ford Taurus and a garbage truck, all of which were eastbound, Reyes said.
The driver of the Nissan was taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with minor injuries.