Man pulled from car found in canal near Florida's Turnpike

Victim pronounced dead at Kendall Regional Medical Center

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Trent Kelly - Reporter

DORAL, Fla. - A 44-year-old man was pronounced dead at a hospital after being pulled from a car found in a canal Tuesday morning in Doral.

The Subaru went into the water next to Florida's Turnpike near Northwest 74th Street.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was on the northbound ramp to the Turnpike when he lost control of his car at the curb and crashed into the canal.

The man was pulled from the canal and taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he died. 

A view from Sky 10 showed the car was submerged.

A view from Sky 10 shows a large oil slick in the canal where a man was found inside a submerged car.

Authorities said the vehicle was equipped with the StarLink system.

"When the vehicle drove into the canal, the (StarLink) system alerted our first responders," FHP Lt. Alex Camacho said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers searched the water to make sure nobody else was inside.

"You're dealing with a lot. You're relying on divers going in, making sure that they're able to secure the tow ropes to get the vehicle out of the water," Camacho said. "You're dealing with wildlife. There's gators in there. It's pretty complex, the location." 

With no witnesses, authorities are still trying to determine what happened.

"Our investigators are looking into the possibility of maybe speeding, distractions," Camacho said. "You know, there's a lot of possibilities, just no confirmations right now."

The northbound on-ramp to the Turnpike was closed at Northwest 74th Street during the crash investigation.

The victim is from Hialeah. His identity has not been released as troopers work to notify his relatives. 

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