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Teens’ outing turns into tragedy killing 2 girls in Broward

Crash in Tamarac leaves 2 teens dead, 3 teens injured
Crash in Tamarac leaves 2 teens dead, 3 teens injured

TAMARAC, Fla. – The families of 14-year-old Ziair Simpson and 17-year-old Crystal McLeod are grieving on Monday. The teenage girls died in a car crash on Saturday night in Broward County.

lana Pernell, Ziair’s grandmother, said Ziair was a Fort Lauderdale High School student who was getting ready to celebrate her 15th birthday next month.

“I am so sad,” Pernell said. “It breaks my heart. This is very hard for us. No words can explain how we feel about Ziair. It’s very bad. It’s like I am dying. Not to mention her mom, her mom is in a very bad state.”

Three other teenagers who were with them are recovering from injuries. All of the teenagers are from Lauderdale Lakes.

FOURTH OF JULY CRASH

Crystal was driving a 2010 Honda Civic southbound on North State Road 7 in Tamarac with Ziair and the three other passengers.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Donald Prichard, Crystal was speeding about 9:50 p.m. when she “aggressively changed lanes and overcorrected her steering.”

The move caused the car to slide sideways and rotate clockwise until the vehicle’s driver’s side struck a large concrete pole, according to Prichard, a BSO spokesman.

The impact split the Honda Civic in two just north of Commercial Boulevard. Relatives and friends turned the tree behind the pole into a temporary memorial with flowers, balloons and stuffed animals.

4:30 PM REPORT

Memorial grows after 2 Lauderdale Lakes teenagers die in car crash
Memorial grows after 2 Lauderdale Lakes teenagers die in car crash

About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.