Late May is the time of year when just about every high school senior class is giddy with the end of school and start of summer. Unfortunately, the good times have been clouded over at one Broward high school due to a tragedy. American Heritage School senior Liza Angulo was killed in a violent car crash on I-75 late Thursday night. The girl was 17 years old and had just graduated from the private school last Friday.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the crash happened on the southbound lanes of I-75 near the Pines Boulevard exit. A flatbed truck hauling concrete barriers, part of a construction crew working on the median, was struck by a Mitsubishi as the truck pulled back into traffic. The Mitsubishi's driver — an unidentified 29-year-old — was also killed by the impact.
Angulo, behind the wheel of a BMW, then struck the flatbed truck. The concrete barriers fell from the truck and crushed Angulo's vehicle.
American Heritage, located in Plantation, released a message about the teen's death on Friday morning.
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"American Heritage School is profoundly saddened by the loss of Liza Angulo. Liza was an intelligent and caring young lady with a bright future ahead of her. My heart goes out to her family as they process this unbearable tragedy. My thoughts are also with the Class of 2015 as they learn of this shocking loss of their classmate and friend.
Liza will be missed by the faculty, the Class of 2015, and the entire American Heritage Community."
On her Facebook page, Angulo states that she planned to head to the University of Miami in the fall. One other person — a female passenger in the Mitsubishi — suffered injuries from the crash.
Yesterday was a particularly bloody stretch for South Florida. In addition to Angulo's tragic death, a two-car accident in Deerfield Beach claimed the life of a 6-year-old girl. Three other children, ranging in age from 4 to 11, were injured in that crash.