2 people, including infant, seriously hurt after crash in Davie

9-month-old boy was not secured in child-safety seat, police say

DAVIE, Fla. – A 9-month-old boy and a 74-year-old woman were seriously hurt Saturday in a two-car crash in Davie, authorities said.

Mark Leone, a spokesman for the Davie Police Department, said just before noon a black SUV turned onto Flamingo Road at Southwest 26th Street, putting the SUV into the path of a southbound Honda Civic.

Heriberto Garcia, the driver of the Civic, said he swerved to avoid the SUV, but he lost control of his car, sending the Civic into the northbound lanes and crashing into another vehicle.

The boy, who was not secured in a child-safety seat, was thrown from the car and was seriously hurt. The woman, Irma Cursio, became trapped in the back seat and also suffered serious injuries.

Cellphone video from concerned witnesses captured the moments the driver of the black Honda held an infant who, Davie police said, was ejected from the mangled car, which had five people in it.

"There was damage to the front and the back; the doors were off of it. It was crazy," said Emily McMichael, a witness.

McMichael said she rode by on her bike moments after the crash.

"The front was totally crunched up, and then another car was off to the side," McMichael said.

Garcia and his two other passengers suffered minor injuries, Leone said. All five people inside the Civic were transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale for treatment. Leone said the boy and Cursio are expected to survive.

"That is just terrible, I mean, pray to God that the baby is OK and nothing happened to the baby," McMichael said.

The passengers of the other car involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene. The black SUV did not stop after the crash and has not been located, Leone said.

Police shut down Flamingo Road in both directions near Southwest 26th Street for several hours while crews cleared the scene. By 4 p.m., the road had reopened to traffic.


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