LAUDERHILL, Fla. – After a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve, authorities arrested a North Lauderdale man pending warrants for vehicle murder and manslaughter by negligence for drunk driving.
The warrants were related to a fatal crash on Thanksgiving Day 2020 in Lauderhill.
Elijah Kamer, who turned 24 the day before his arrest on Saturday, has been committed to Broward’s main prison.
According to an arrest report from Lauderhill Police, Kamer was driving a Dodge Durango at about 10:20 p.m. that evening at Block 4200 of Rock Island Road when he struck a Honda driver exiting a parking lot, causing the vehicle to skid off the road and catching fire catch.
Its driver, who was not identified in the report, later died at Broward Health Medical Center.
After the accident, the report said a responding officer smelled cannabis in Kamer’s vehicle and a toxicology test revealed the presence of the drug in his blood. He was also in possession of nearly 14 grams of cannabis.
Officials said Kamer admitted to smoking the drug “regularly”.
Police said information obtained from the vehicle’s event data recorder showed Kamer was driving 98mph within a 40mph zone seconds before the impact.
A judge set Kamer’s bail at $210,000 on Sunday.
During his court appearance, prosecutors noted that he has accumulated four speeding tickets since 2017, as well as prior convictions for speeding, negligent driving and two rear-end collisions.
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