Man dies after being struck by car on shoulder of I-95

Deputies say driver who tried to flee taken into custody

By Emily Llerena - Associate Producer, Neki Mohan - Anchor/Reporter, Roy Ramos - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - A man died Wednesday morning at a hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning in Oakland Park, authorities said.

He was identified hours after the crash as Juan Pedro Garcia. 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Garcia's wife, Aleshandra Favre, lost control of her vehicle and crashed on northbound I-95 at Commercial Boulevard. 

Authorities said Favre called her husband, who showed up to the scene and parked his car on the opposite side of the road.

Garcia then drove his wife's car around to the right shoulder and called a tow company after troopers already had left the scene, authorities said.

Troopers said another driver, identified as Bradley Ruben, then crashed into the vehicle while the tow company was working to remove it. 

"The other vehicle came smashing into my truck and flipped the other car that was on my truck into the other side of my truck," tow truck driver Robby Sternberg said. 

Sternberg said he was tossed into a lane, but managed to walk away.

"I thought I was dead. I am lucky I am alive right now," he said. 

According to Sternberg, Garcia got pinned between the car and a guardrail.

"He was standing in the inside lane between my truck and the vehicle, so as the vehicle got pushed, it pushed him into the guardrail," Sternberg said.

Authorities said Ruben got out of his car and ran away, but was captured by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies under a bridge. 

Ruben was treated for minor injuries at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale before being taken to jail.

Authorities said alcohol is believed to have played a factor in the crash. 

Garcia was taken to Broward Health North, where he died. His wife and Sternberg were not hurt. Neighbors told Local 10 News reporter Roy Ramos that Garcia has two young children. 

The building manager at the apartment building where Garcia lived with his wife and children told Local 10 that Favre is "devastated and trying to figure out how she's going to tell their two daughters" what happened. 

Ruben faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death and resisting arrest without violence. 

Authorities said he could face DUI charges pending toxicology reports. 

Copyright 2018 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.