Teenager struck, killed on I-595 in Davie

Troopers say woman crashed after being cut off by street racers

DAVIE, Fla. – A teenager was killed on Interstate 595 in Davie late Wednesday night after she was struck by a car, and now troopers are looking for the street racers who caused the crash.

The victim, identified as Julie Castor, 18, swerved after being cut off by street racers in the westbound lanes of I-595 near the exit to University Drive, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Richard Glass told Local 10 News.

"(She was) caring, loving and I am shocked to hear what had happened," the victim's neighbor, Dan Dodsworth, said.

Glass said Castor was struck by another car while she went back to get her cellphone from her damaged car.

Castor died at the scene. The driver of the car that struck her was identified as Nichole Custer, 28. She remained at the scene and was speaking with investigators about the crash. 

"I work for Broward County Transit, and I am out there every night, so I know how people drive," Dodsworth said.

Castor's coworkers at Dairy Queen said she had left work shortly before the crash.

"I was like, 'Oh my God!' I just couldn't wrap my head around it," Castor's manager Josh Groden said. "She left here 30 minutes before it happened. Most of my co-workers are in tears about it. They just don't know how to cope with it."

Castor's coworkers said they are outraged at the dangerous drivers who caused the crash.

"People still don't get it. It is such a critical thing and life is so fragile," Castor's boss Mitch Groden said. "So irresponsible. The people who did this are irresponsible and should pay for it."

Troopers are still looking for the street racers who were driving a green Ford Mustang and a charcoal-colored car.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact the FHP at 954-837-4012 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. 

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