Four dead in I-95 wrong-way crash at Hallandale Beach Boulevard, lanes reopened

Officer involved in pursuit on routine admin leave

Opa-locka police say Willie Dumel will be charged in a deadly wrong-way crash that killed four people early Wednesday morning.

Dumel allegedly went north in the southbound lanes of I-95 near Ives Dairy Road around 1 a.m. as he tried to flee a police pursuit.

Dumel hit a mini-van carrying four people head-on killing everyone inside.

"On impact it (the car) broke into flames and several parts were found a few hundred feet north of it, so it was a very serious impact," says David Chiverton, a spokesperson for the Opa-locka police department.

FHP says Dumel was taken to the hospital with two broken legs, and had surgery.

It took nine hours to clear the scene, creating a traffic snarl that stretched into the afternoon.

"Now I'm trying to get back to south Florida and it's a mess. What should take 30 minutes is taking an hour and a half," says driver David Vaughan.

None of the victims' names have been released, although authorities say the victims are related.

Dumel has a minor criminal history including arrests for drug possession and trespassing.

The officer who chased Dumel is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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