Deadliest mile strikes again: Davie Man killed on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale

Earlier this month, New times reported on a study that examined 20 years of fatal accident data in the United States and found that the stretch of I-95 between I-595 and State Road 84 is the “deadliest mile in America.”

“There are deficiencies that are currently claiming lives, day in and day out,” said Mike Arias, a local public road safety advocate. New times early March, citing high speeds, complicated slip roads, poor road visibility and overhead signs as some of the most egregious issues there.

Less than four weeks later, the infamous stretch of I-95 has claimed a different life.

Early Tuesday morning, reports NBC 6, a 31-year-old man from Davie was killed after his silver Chevy hit Silverado and went over a concrete guardrail on the I-95 driveway of State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale and fell into a construction zone below. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Investigators have not yet released the victim’s name.

The pickup collided with another vehicle parked in the construction zone and carrying a passenger who was not injured.

“Yes, people will continue to die unless things change,” Arias vertelt tells me New times† “We have an outdated infrastructure that is less secure than it could be, which is why we unfortunately have these tragic incidents.”

Florida Highway Patrol did not respond to a phone call and email from New times on Tuesday seeking comment on the fatal crash.

Guillermo Canedo, spokesman for District 4 of the Florida Department of Transportation, which includes Broward and Palm Beach counties, said New times he could not comment on the crash, citing the ongoing investigation.

Canedo noted, however, that the construction zone where the pickup has landed is part of the ongoing, long-standing 95 Express Phase 3C project, which will add one lane for motorists in each direction on I-95 and replace the existing high-occupancy vehicle. will convert (HOV) lanes to express lanes on a nine-mile I-95 from Stirling Road in Hollywood to Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

“These are capacity improvements to help manage the congestion here in southeastern Florida,” Canedo says. “We’re basically out of space and we can’t widen I-95 any further.”

From Saturday evening through Sunday morning, I-95 north and southbound lanes at the State Road 84 interchange will be temporarily closed as crews erect a newly constructed State Road 84 bridge westbound over I-95. FHP will be on site to help motorists make a detour to I-595, US 1, US 441, and Davie Boulevard.

While this weekend’s upcoming improvement will not affect the existing I-95 driveways of State Road 84, where Tuesday’s accident occurred, the overall project, expected to be completed in 2025, states “I-95/ SR 84 interchange modifications” that include increased signage and lighting.

Last year, Canedo says, flashing lights and vibrating strips were installed “to get people’s attention” on the southbound driveway on I-95 from State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale after a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV nearly 20 feet over the concrete crash barrier and two men in a Cadillac SUV hit the same concrete crash barrier and similarly fell southbound on I-95 within the span of about 24 hours last May.

“Everything the department does is make the roads safer,” notes Canedo.

While those three victims survived, 17-year-old Letroy Martin, Jr., died after crashing into the concrete guardrail at the I-95 exit at 84 State Road in August 2017. Last March, a 48-year-old man died after flipping the guardrail in a pickup truck on the I-95 exit at 84 State Road.

According to the aforementioned study — which was conducted by 1Point21 Interactive digital agency and the law firm Elk & Elk personal injury and looked at more than 91,000 accidents — that stretch of I-95 saw nearly 50 times the number of fatal car accidents than the average highway mile. : Between 2000 and 2019, 24 people died in 23 car accidents.

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