Driver Injured, Passenger Killed In Fiery Crash In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale police say they are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in the area of West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 24th Avenue.

According to Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw, a white BMW was heading east in the center lane of West Broward Boulevard while a silver Chevrolet sedan was heading west.

Greenlaw said the driver of the Chevy had the green light to make a left turn to head south on Northwest 24th Avenue, but the driver of the BMW ran a red light and struck the Chevy.

Greenlaw added that the BMW then “traveled in a south-east direction onto the sidewalk where it struck a cement light pole” before catching fire.

She said the driver of the BMW, Chavalier Johnson, 25, of Fort Lauderdale, was first taken to Broward Health Medical Center, but he was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital due to burns he suffered from the car fire.

She said his passenger, Chadaja Bess, 20, who celebrated her birthday earlier this month, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where she died.

The driver of the Chevy, identified as Kenneth Francis, 34, of Lauderdale Lakes, was not injured, Greenlaw said.

It’s unclear whether Johnson will face charges.

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Comment from Anidjar and Levine:

Glen Levine, from the Law Firm of Anidjar and Levine, comments on this crash. “One person is dead and another suffered critical injuries after this unfortunate crash that happened on West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 24th Avenue because a driver ran a red light. When you are harmed during a car crash, it is important to contact a lawyer who has experience in handling motor vehicle accident cases. The process of collecting damages from the party at fault is often complicated; however, our firm has the experience needed to navigate these types of claims.”

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