Subject carjacks Road Ranger, crashes into home
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is OK after a carjacker stole an MDX Road Ranger's tow truck and crashed into the sliding door of an apartment.
The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at 1555 W. 44 Place. Investigators said the family was asleep when 21-year-old Daniel Iorido crashed into their home. "I'm in my room sleeping with my wife and my grandchildren, and I don't know what happened," said Reynaldo Aspuru.
Hialeah Police Lieutenant Carl Zogby said, "This driver in that Road Ranger truck ends up losing control in this intersection behind us, crashing into a condominium apartment on the first floor."
Rescue crews had to extricate Iorido from the stolen vehicle before transporting him to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police placed handcuffs on the driver before crews extricated him. "We actually had to get a tow truck to remove that tow truck and then cut the car out to get the individual out of the tow truck," said Hialeah Fire Rescue Dean Perkerson.
Perkerson said this sort of rescue marks a first for his department. "I have never seen an individual taken out of an extrication in handcuffs," said Perkerson. "For our guys it adds another concern because the individual could've been armed or dangerous."
He was airlifted from the scene in stable condition. No other injuries were reported.
Aspuru is grateful his family was not hurt. "Thank God everybody is OK," he said.
The intersection was shutdown temporarily as crews towed the MDX Road Ranger truck from the scene.
The 21-year-old was released from the hospital later in the morning and taken to jail. He has been charged with fleeing and eluding police, DUI and possibly other charges.
"He's got some more charges in a separate investigation by FHP [Florida Highway Patrol]," Zogby noted.
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