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2 dead after car crashes into pole in downtown Miami

Police investigate fatal crash at S. Miami Ave., SE 1st St.

MIAMI – Police are investigating a fatal crash in downtown Miami.

The crash occurred shortly after 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of South Miami Avenue and Southeast First Street.

A view from Sky 10 showed that a car crashed into a pole.

Miami police said two people were killed in the crash.

"There's a vehicle that apparently slowed down and the vehicle that was behind it apparently lost control and hit, not just a building, but the pole, at this intersection," Officer Kenia Fallat said.

Police said the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred.

"We did see some skid marks alongside the wall, which also is a major indication that speed was a big factor in this car crash," Fallat said.

Police said the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead by medical staff. 

Southbound lanes of South Miami Avenue and eastbound lanes of Southeast First Street were shut down during the crash investigation.

Police are withholding the victims' names as they try to notify their next of kin. 

About the Authors:

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.