Man Dies After Crashing Car, Jumping Into Hialeah Canal: FHP

Man who jumped into canal after Palmetto crash dies: FHP

By Julia Bagg and Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 11:27 AM EDT
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A man who jumped into a canal after a car crash in Hialeah Monday morning has died, authorities said. Witnesses and Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez comment on the incident.

A man who jumped into a canal after a car crash in Hialeah Monday morning has died, authorities said. Witnesses and Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez comment on the incident.

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A man who jumped into a canal after a car crash in Hialeah Monday morning has died, authorities said.

The car had been involved in the crash just before 7 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway just south of W. 68th Street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

"He jumped over the concrete barrier and on into the canal," FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez said.

Divers pulled the man from the water but he later died, FHP officials said. There were no other serious injuries.

Authorities believe the driver was involved in a previous hit-and-run crash on I-75. A witness said two people were in the car and the second person was in police custody.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC6.com for updates.

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