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Police: Teen Driver Runs Stop Sign, Causes Violent Crash

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- A violent crash in Miami-Dade has landed four people in the hospital and the impact nearly sent one car into a home.

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Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that injured four people in Miami-Dade County on May 12, 2016. (Source: CBS4)

Two cars collided at S.W. 87th Avenue and 43rd Street Thursday afternoon.

In the aftermath, a petrified 4-year-old girl and her mother were loaded into an ambulance. Three others were hospitalized, as well.

The mom and little girl were in a BMW driven by another woman. That driver got it the worst.

"They had to cut the car to take her out. It looked like, at one point, her hand went down like she fainted," said witness Virginia Sands.

Residents nearby heard the impact from nearly a block away.

One car ended up next to a home.

"I live five houses down and I heard a loud noise. It doesn't sound like a normal crash, it sounds like a bomb," said Eudaldo Cuello.

According to investigators, two teens were in the other car, a Nissan.

Florida Highway Patrol said they were heading east on 43rd Street and plowed into the BMW, heading north on 87th Avenue.

Police say not only was the teen behind the wheel when he should not have been, he also didn't stop at a stop sign.

"The individual who caused the accident, by running the stop sign, was a minor operating a vehicle with a learner's permit," said FHP's Joe Sanchez.

The law requires a licensed adult to be with the teenage driver. According to a couple of students who spoke to FHP, both teens in the car are 16 and students at Southwest Senior High School.

Of the four victims, one was listed as a trauma alert and another was listed in critical condition.


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