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James, 3, dies in fiery crash that also killed man in Broward, relative says

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Plantation Police Department detectives were still investigating a single-vehicle crash Thursday night when a grieving grandmother identified the 3-year-old victim as James Rocco Oizan Chapón.

Maria Cid said her 25-year-old daughter Yasmin Cid was having a disagreement with her boyfriend Ryan Yates when he grabbed James and drove away with him in her black 2014 Mercedes-Benz.

According to Cid, Yasmin Cid tried to open the door to get James out of the car. It was the last time she saw James alive. Yates crashed the car on North University Drive near Northwest Fifth Street.

“I heard two booming sounds right after the crash and then a woman screaming for her baby,” said Elizabeth Velasco, who lives nearby. “She was like, ‘My baby! My baby!’ I actually started crying when I heard that because I felt really helpless.”

Maria Cid shared photographs of 3-year-old James Rocco Oizan Chapón, who she said died in an early Thursday morning crash in Plantation. (Family hand out photo)

Jesse Del Valle was working in the area and recorded a video of the aftermath. The car was fully engulfed in flames. Plantation Fire Department personnel responded to extinguish the blaze.

Cid said the family was grieving both James and Yates.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for James’ funeral and memorial service.

Thursday morning report

Two people, including a child, have died following a fiery car crash Thursday morning in Plantation, authorities confirmed.
Two people, including a child, have died following a fiery car crash Thursday morning in Plantation, authorities confirmed.

About the Authors:

Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.

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.