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TEEN DIES, THREE SURVIVE SUBMERGED PICKUP TRUCK

BSO Case Number: BS12-06-000568
PIO Number: 12-6-7
Date: June 7, 2012
Time: 2:20 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: Danell Lane, Western unincorporated Broward
Jurisdiction: Unincorporated Broward County

Victim(s):

  • Nathan Northrup, 18, male, 04/12/94, Davie (DECEASED)
  • Alex Hanas, 18 male, 02/26/94
  • Ricardo Vera, 17, male, 11/30/94 (HOSPITALIZED)

Driver(s):

  • Vincent Terracciano, 18, male, 01/02/94, Davie

Description of Incident:

What was supposed to be an end-of-the school year visit to a friend turned tragic when a Davie teen was killed after the pickup truck he was riding overturned in a rural Broward canal Thursday afternoon.

Four teen males were in a westbound 2001, four-door Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Vincent Terracciano, 18, of Davie, on a dirt road off of Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County heading to Mack’s Fish Camp in Broward County when the truck veered into a canal and overturned. The driver and two of the teens, Ricardo Vera, 17 and Alex Hanas, 18, managed to escape to safety. 18-year-old Nathan Northrup, of Davie, was riding in the passenger seat behind the driver and was trapped in the overturned vehicle. Passersby righted the partially submerged pickup and rescued Northrup. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, BSO deputies and BSO Air Rescue responded to the scene. Northrup was administered advanced life support care by BSFR firefighter/paramedics and BSO Air Rescue flight medics then was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 3:42 p.m. Vera was transported by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue to Memorial Hospital Miramar for minor injuries.

BSO traffic homicide detectives conducted an on-scene investigation and interviewed the driver and a passenger from the pickup. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Terracciano was traveling approximately 40-50 miles per hour when he lost control of the vehicle, first veering to the left, then to the right when the truck drove off the roadway and rolled onto its roof, into the canal.

At this time, alcohol and drugs are not considered as factors in the crash. The investigation is ongoing by the BSO Traffic Homicide Unit.

INVESTIGATORS: D-8, THI, BSFR, Lt. Akers, Dets. De Jesús, Wiley
THIS REPORT BY: Mike Jachles/PIO 06/07/12 2145

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