Porsche crashes into parking lot, kills 2
Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Investigators say the driver of a Porsche that jumped a curb and killed two pedestrians was likely under the influence of an unknown substance.
Twenty-two year-old driver Elyza Rachel Russell drove through a hedge into a nearby parking lot where three people were sitting in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night. Fort Lauderdale police said one person was able to jump out of the way but two others were killed. The area was particularly busy that night as people were out to watch the Heat game.
Authorities identified the victims Friday as 35-year-old Samuel Martindale and 30-year-old Mackendy Jules, both of Fort Lauderdale.
Police said the driver and her two passengers were not injured.
Charges against Russell are pending further investigation and results from the toxicology report.