FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A 27-year-old college student, who was also an Uber driver, died Thursday morning when his car somehow went into a Tamarac canal right next to the apartment complex where he lived.
Lachtowiz Frazier told CBS4's Peter D'Oench that his son – Lachtowiz Frazier Jr. – was studying at Broward College to become a Spanish teacher and also worked at a second job at a gas station. Now, the father said he wants some answers.
"This makes no sense to me," he said. "I wonder how this could have happened. I know my son. If he was tired, he would not have driven his car. He would have parked it. And I just can't see how he could have fallen asleep in the short distance from this parking lot to this canal. How could he wind up over there? When I heard this it was like a dream. Now reality is settling in. My son has not been in any accidents. I know him. If he is tired, he is going to pull over and park."
"He was a hard working good kid who stayed in school," he said. "He was working to go to school and just come home. He was going to Broward College to become a Spanish teacher. He was going to college for that. He became an Uber driver just a couple of weeks ago and also worked at a gas station. My son meant the world to me. He meant everything. Everything. He had big dreams."
Family members of the victim created a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral expenses. They gathered at the scene of the accident on Thursday night to create a makeshift memorial and to grieve their loss.
Family and friends said Frazier went out Wednesday night with a man and a woman. They would like to speak with them to get insights about Frazier's last night alive.
"We just got some questions for the people he was with to know what information they know on what happened and to see if they're OK, as well," said Laron Frazier, Lachtowicz's uncle.
The Broward Sheriff's Office said just after 6:30 a.m. they received a call about a car submerged in a canal near an NW 46th Avenue and NW 59th Street. The canal is near an apartment complex just west of the Florida Turnpike and north of Commercial Boulevard.
The car was located and a sheriff's dive team was sent in to investigate. Inside the vehicle, they discovered a man's body which they recovered.
In the apartment complex's parking lot, Chopper4 spotted a damaged guardrail near where the car went into the water.
The sheriff's office is now trying to determine how long the car had been in the water before it was reported.
BSO investigators are also trying to determine how this accident happened.
On Thursday afternoon, a BSO investigator was seen speaking with family members near the canal.
Anyone who was a witness or who can help BSO is urged to call them or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).
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