SUNRISE, Fla. – A South Florida man is facing murder and drug charges after a drug bust led to a fatal crash in Sunrise, authorities said.
The incident was reported Tuesday in the 3200 block of Northwest 84th Avenue.
According to an arrest report, a confidential informant notified detectives that Robert Goldsmith, 30, is a drug dealer, and a check on his name revealed that he has an active warrant out of Broward County for aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted robbery with a firearm.
Police said the informant called Goldsmith to ask for $100 worth of crack cocaine and Goldsmith agreed to deliver the drugs to him at the Summerfield Apartments.
Once the informant was given the drugs, police approached Goldsmith's silver Nissan in an unmarked vehicle that was equipped with police lights and sirens.
Police said Goldsmith tried to flee from authorities and crashed into a canal adjacent to the apartments.
Goldsmith was able to escape the car through a window and was taken into custody.
According to the report, the informant did not see anyone in the back seat of the vehicle because it was dark outside, but when questioned by detectives, Goldsmith said there had been two other people in the car with him.
Detectives jumped into the canal, but could not enter the sinking vehicle.
Sunrise Fire Rescue units responded to the scene and the car was towed out of the water. Police said two bodies were found in the car. One was identified as the car's owner, Hannah Gonzalez, and the other was a man, identified as Marquis Garcia, 24.
Goldsmith was taken to Westside Regional Hospital because he complained about shoulder pain.
He is now being held at the Broward Main Jail on charges of murder during the commission of a felony, selling cocaine, driving with a suspended license and aggravated fleeing with serious injury or death.