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        Driver charged in high-speed collision that killed two people

        POMPANO BEACH — Traffic homicide investigators estimated Devontae Seymoure Jackson was going at least 105 mph on a 45 mph street before he struck another car and killed two people in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

        The 20-year-old Oakland Park man was jailed Thursday on charges that include vehicular homicide and reckless driving.

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        According to the police report, Jackson, who was 18 at the time, was at the wheel of a gray 2009 BMW 325i driving north on Northwest 31st Avenue approaching W. Prospect Road, about 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 2018.

        Devontae Seymoure Jackson, 20, of Oakland Park, is charged with vehicular homicide for the estimated 105 mph collision that killed Alton Mclean an Tara Ferguson in Fort Lauderdale, court records show.
        Devontae Seymoure Jackson, 20, of Oakland Park, is charged with vehicular homicide for the estimated 105 mph collision that killed Alton Mclean an Tara Ferguson in Fort Lauderdale, court records show. (Broward Sheriff's Office)

        Alton Mclean, 24, of Lauderdale Lakes, and Tara Christina Ferguson, 26, of Coral Springs, were in a black 2004 Toyota Corolla approaching the intersection to make a left turn on Prospect Road.

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        Skid marks showed Jackson hit the brakes before the BMW struck the passenger side of the Toyota at an estimated 89 mph killing both Mclean and Ferguson, Broward Assistant State Attorney Michael Horowitz said in court Friday.

        “Just two weeks prior to this crash he was given a speeding ticket doing 87 mph in a 45 [mph zone],” Horowitz said. “After this crash... he again gets a speeding ticket going 73 mph in a 45 mph zone.”

        Jackson’s attorney, A.J. Amoroso, said his client cooperated with police, was unaware he would be charged until about a week ago, and ultimately surrendered at the Broward County Jail.

        “Mr. Jackson was also injured in the accident,” Amoroso said. “He broke his back and spent approximately one month in the hospital.”

        Both cars were destroyed on impact. Jackson was taken to the hospital but a passenger in the BMW was unhurt. Ferguson died at the scene. Mclean was airlifted to the hospital where he later died, police said at the time.

        At Jackson’s court appearance Friday morning, bond was set at $160,000, records show.

        Attempts to reach the victims' families for comment were unsuccessful.

        Wayne K. Roustan can be reached at wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 561-379-6119 or on Twitter @WayneRoustan

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