Former S. Fla. police officer recovers from crash that killed fiancee
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- Tragically, a woman engaged to be married died in a horrific crash over the weekend. Her fiancé, a former Miami Gardens police officer survived and continues to recover from severe burns.
Jeffrey Bryce Jr. and his fiancée, for unknown reasons, were stopped in their 2004 Hyundai in the left lane of the southbound lanes of the Turnpike extension, Saturday, when, police said, the driver of another vehicle, 26-year-old Evan Soto, slammed into the back of their car. "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."
Investigators said Soto quickly got out of his car and sprinted into action to help save Bryce and his fiancee. "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."
Monday, Bryce Jr. remains in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Burn Unit. His family said he suffered severe burns.
Many questions regarding the crash remain unknown. Bryce Jr.'s family wants to know why his car was stopped on the highway.
Authorities continue to investigate.
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