A police chase that began in Broward County came to a crashing end in Miami Gardens Friday morning when a driver who refused to stop ran a red light and slammed into two cars, sending four people to the hospital, officials said.
The incident began when deputies tried to stop a white Cadillac on Hallandale Beach Boulevard and the car fled, striking a deputy, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.
Deputies pursed the suspect to Miami Gardens Drive and State Road 441, where the car ran a red light and crashed into two vehicles around 2 a.m., officials said.
Four people, including the suspect, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where their injuries were unknown. The deputy who was struck by the suspect sustained minor injuries and wasn't hospitalized.
Friends of one of the victims, 21-year-old George McGill, said they couldn't make sense of what had happened. McGill suffered the brunt of the collision.
"He's in real bad critical condition now, but he's gonna get better; I know he is," said friend James Cayemite. "All he was doing was driving, he got hit. He crashed out, wrecked out, just hoping for the best for him. Right now, we are all praying for him."
Authorities later arrested the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Zachary Moorin, on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing from police, reckless driving and improper U-turn, according to an arrest report.
In the meantime, friends and family will continue to maintain a vigil at Ryder Trauma Center.
"I know he's gonna walk out that bed," Cayenite said. "I know he's gonna walk out of there."