2 involved in deadly Turnpike crash were engaged
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- The man pulled from a wreck on the Florida Turnpike was set to marry the woman who lost her life in the tragic crash. Good Samaritans braved the flames, trying to pull the couple to safety but the flames were too intense to save them both.
A mangled mess was what was left of the early-morning crash that happened in Miramar, Saturday.
The crash instantly took the life of a female passenger who was in the car with her fiancé, 33-year-old Jeffrey Bryce Jr., who survived the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol said the woman who did not survive the crash was too badly burned to be immediately identified. "A second vehicle came along and struck the rear-end of that vehicle," said Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Mark Wysocky, "causing the first vehicle that stopped to explode and catch on fire."
The 2004 Hyundai was burnt, crushed, and destroyed beyond repair. Investigators said the driver of the second vehicle, 26-year-old Evan Soto, quickly got out of his car and sprinted into action to help the driver of the Hyundai, Bryce, out before it exploded.
Soto was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and is now home resting. His mother told 7News he's pretty shaken up. "The driver of the second vehicle and a witness rescued the first driver out of the car that stopped," said Wysocky. "The passenger of the vehicle was unfortunately not able to be rescued."
Now, because of Soto's quick thinking, Bryce Jr. may have a second chance. Bryce Jr. remains in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Burn Unit.
Still, many questions remain. For unknown reasons the vehicle had stopped in the left lane of the southbound lanes of the Turnpike extension. Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
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