A 3-year-old child was thrown from one of two vehicles that crashed Saturday night on Broward Boulevard, leaving the child with critical injuries, police said.
The child was taken to a hospital, and listed in stable but critical condition, Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said.
The collision between a black Dodge Neon and white Ford Explorer happened about 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Ninth Avenue and Broward Boulevard. The impact caused the Neon to spin and strike a light pole, said witness Mark Crittendon, 31, of Fort Lauderdale.
Crittendon said he approached the Neon, and unsuccessfully tried to remove the female driver. Worried for her safety, he removed the key from the ignition, he said. He then realized a child was on the pavement, he said.
"I was like, 'OK, what do I do?' " Crittendon said. Police and paramedics quickly arrived.
Crittendon, who said he was homeless and was sitting on a bench when the crash happened, was among those questioned by police. He said he would pray for the child.
"You see it in the movies and all that stuff, but I could have lived without seeing that," he said. "It was so violent."
Officers cordoned off the area, and onlookers gathered.
From her nearby apartment, Shirley Carson said she heard tires squealing and then the boom from the crash. "It was like an explosion," she said.
The westbound lanes of Broward Boulevard were closed for several hours near Northwest Ninth Avenue. They were reopened about 9 p.m.
Additional details about the crash, including the names of those involved, weren't released by police Saturday.
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