Four Broward women killed in 2 crashes
Published: Sunday, January 4, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 11:51 p.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE - Two women were killed Saturday when their out-of-control SUV veered into oncoming traffic on Florida's Turnpike and crashed with another vehicle hauling a boat trailer, officials said.
Staci Pezzullo, 29, of Coconut Creek, was driving north on the turnpike west of Fort Pierce with her friend Deanne Martin, 30, of Coral Springs, on Saturday morning.
Pezzullo lost control and sent her silver 2003 Toyota SUV across the highway median and into the southbound lanes, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release.
The vehicle was airborne for a few seconds, FHP spokesman Lt. Pat Santangelo said. It landed and collided with a 2003 Ford pickup truck driven by Richard Remeta, 31, of Odenton, Md.
Remeta and his passenger, Eric Wood, 31, also of Odenton, Md., had minor injuries. The boat trailer came off the truck and overturned.
Pezzullo died at the scene at 7:30 a.m. Martin was flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, where she died.
In another fatal crash, two women died Friday when their car crashed into a truck making an illegal U-turn on the turnpike in Broward County.
Narendea Badrinarain, 27, of Pembroke Pines, and Kerry Seetaram, 19, a South Plantation High School student, were killed.
Two teenage sisters who also were in Badrinarain's car, Shelly and Chrissy Johnson, were in critical condition Saturday at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
Santangelo told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Saturday that the driver of the truck, Rupert Lennon, may face criminal charges after FHP completes its investigation and turns its findings over to the State Attorney's Office.
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