Sinkhole Swallows SUV in Lauderhill After Chase

A police pursuit that started in Lauderdale Lakes ended with a car in a watery sinkhole in Lauderhill Monday morning, officials said

By Bobby Brooks and Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 7:45 PM EDT
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A police pursuit that started in Lauderdale Lakes after a hit-and-run crash ended with an SUV in a watery sinkhole in Lauderhill Monday morning, officials said. NBC 6’s Claudia DoCampo has the story.

A police pursuit that started in Lauderdale Lakes after a hit-and-run crash ended with an SUV in a watery sinkhole in Lauderhill Monday morning, officials said. NBC 6’s Claudia DoCampo has the story.

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A police pursuit that started in Lauderdale Lakes after a hit-and-run crash ended with an SUV in a watery sinkhole in Lauderhill Monday morning, officials said.

The incident began when a woman was struck by a white truck in the 4700 block of Northwest 24th Court in Lauderdale Lakes around 6 a.m., the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

The woman, identified as 68-year-old Betty J. Greene, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in stable condition, the BSO said.

Lauderhill Police said the truck was involved in the brief pursuit and ended up hitting a fire hydrant on 22nd Street between 41st and 49th Avenues.

Several streets ended up flooded and a sinkhole opened up, partially swallowing an SUV that was parked nearby, officials said.

Footage showed the residential area covered with water and the SUV sunk halfway into the hole. Officials said water was shut off to the area while crews worked on repairs.

The female driver of the truck, identified as 50-year-old Ivanka Cancic, was taken into custody, the BSO said. She's facing charges for DUI, DUI property damage, leaving the scene of a crash causing injuries and driving with a suspended license.

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