A man died early today in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, crash on the Florida Turnpike, but not before Florida Marlins President David Samson attempted to save the man’s life.
The fatal crash occurred when a green Ford F-150 pickup crashed into a parked red utility truck that belonged to a company cutting grass along the highway. The driver of the F-150 was a 53-year-old from Plantation. His cab was crushed in the collision, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Only a few lengths behind the crash, Samson was merging from I-595 onto the turnpike and slammed on his brakes when he saw the collision.
Samson and the driver of the utility truck set to work trying to render aid to the injured man.
“I immediately stopped and ran to the car, and we tried to save the man’s life, and we couldn’t,” said Samson to The Orlando Sentinel. “We tried everything. We tried to talk to him, we tried to get to him, we tried to open the door,” Samson said. “There were some very gracious volunteers and citizens who stopped, who just stopped, and we tried to save his life, and we couldn’t do it.”
The Jaws of Life was utilized by Davie Fire Rescue to remove the man from the vehicle.
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