The woman who authorities say ran over a pedestrian with her truck and then struck a fire hydrant on Monday leading to injuries and sinkhole that swallowed a car has been ordered to remain in jail without bond.
Ivanka Cancic appeared in bond court Tuesday morning, where Judge John “Jay” Hurley reviewed her near-30-year history or drug and driving violations.
He ordered a total of $170,000 bonds on 10 criminal charges and then revoked her bond on an earlier charge to make sure she would get out of jail soon.
“The court believes you represent a very, very significant danger to the community,” said Hurley. “You have no driver’s license but you continue to drive. It appears you’re going to drive no matter what.”
When Cancic ran over a 68-year-old woman out for a walk with her church group, police said that was just the start of the Monday morning mayhem.
After hitting pedestrian Betty Greene, authorities said Cancic, 50, sped off in a white Chevrolet truck and knocked over a fire hydrant, unleashing a flood of water that in turn led to a sinkhole-like ground collapse, according to Broward Sheriff's deputies.
Reading from the Sheriff's Office arrest report, Hurley said that officers found Cancic slumped over the wheel of the truck, her head on the steering wheel. Inside the vehicle they spotted a near-empty pint bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila.
Deputies said she asked them, “What happened?”
That sinkhole that resulted after water spewed from the fire hydrant and weakened the parking lot material all but swallowed Diane Duchesne's car.
"I saw my car, I thought, 'Oh, my God, how am I ever going to get that out of there?'" Duchesne said.
The damage included a huge mess in the parking lot at the Castle Gardens 2 condominiums where Duchesne lives, torn-up sidewalks and curbs, road closures and traffic tie-ups that affected morning dropoffs at several schools, police said.
"It disrupted the whole area," said Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Butkus.
The rapid-fire chain of events began minutes after 6 a.m. when BSO deputies were called to a hit-and-run scene at 4757 NW 24th Court in Lauderdale Lakes, said BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.
Greene, a retired hospital worker, and several of her friends had just begun their daily walk when she was hit from behind, according to her son, Darron Jackson.
"She said she awoke to find herself under the truck and the tire was rolling over her arm," said Jackson, 38, who brought his heavily bandaged mother home from the emergency room Monday afternoon. "She has tire marks on her arm right now."
Blocks away Cancic plowed into the hydrant, propelling it 30 feet down the street and sending a plume of water into the sky, police said.
Awakened by a pounding on her door, Duchesne, 67, ran out to the balcony of her second-floor unit in the 4800 block of Northwest 22nd Court and struggled to make sense of what she saw: Her 2001 Suaru Outback sinking into the ground.
"This is the first time I've ever seen a sinkhole," said Duchesne, who splits her time between South Florida and Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
The Subaru was sitting tilted inside her mostly collapsed parking space. Police told her not to go near what they called a sinkhole.
Cancic, found still behind the wheel of the truck, was quickly taken into custody, Concepcion said. "She appeared to be intoxicated. She was not cooperative," said Concepcion.