Miami Man's Body Pulled From Lake After Accident Near Dolphin Mall

The cause of the crash that resulted in Benjamin Rodriguez's death remains under investigation

By Juan Ortega
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 4:10 PM EDT
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A 25-year-old Miami man’s body on Thursday was pulled from a lake near Dolphin Mall, ending a search that began when his car was found a day earlier in the water, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A Saturn Ion involved in an accident was found by mall security personnel in about 3 feet of water Wednesday. But despite using an aircraft for a bird’s eye view of the lake, authorities found no immediate sign of its driver, Benjamin Rodriguez, the agency said.

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Thursday, Rodriguez hadn’t returned home and a trooper returned to the lake. Miami-Dade divers were requested to scour the lake and found the body, the agency said.

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The Highway Patrol determined Rodriguez had been driving on the exit ramp from Florida’s Turnpike Extension onto Northwest 12th Street, when his car went across a median curb, entrance ramp lanes and grass embankment before going under a fence and into the lake, the agency said.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
 

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