DEERFIELD BEACH, FL - The Broward County Sheriff's Office says a pedestrian died after a multi-vehicle crash in Deerfield Beach on Friday morning.
In a news release, the sheriff's office said the pedestrian was walking along 5100 N. Dixie Highway shortly after 10 a.m. when a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 59-year-old John Burgess drifted into him.
The impact caused the victim to go airborne, and he struck a Jeep Laredo SUV that was parked nearby before landing in the swale behind a Dodge Ram pickup.
Investigators said Burgess's Ford F-150 kept going after the crash, sideswiping the Dodge Ram and then hitting a Lexus RX 350 SUV. The Lexus was pushed into another pickup, while the Ford F-150 hit a utility pole that toppled onto the Dodge and the Lexus.
Witnesses said Burgess tried to drive off after the crash, but was prevented from doing so due to the damage to his truck. He tried to flee on foot but was apprehended and taken into custody a short distance from the scene, the sheriff's office said.
The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead later at Broward Health North.
Detectives are investigating the cause of the crash, but said neither excessive speed nor mechanical malfunction were considered as contributing factors.
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