Drunk, speeding wrong-way driver ran from fatal crash scene, cops say

Driving the wrong way on S. Dixie Highway at more than twice the posted speed limit, while drunk — and with a suspended license — a Jeep driver caused the violent crash that killed a West Park father of five, according to Hallandale Beach police.

After the crash, Adam Patrick Ilbert, 24, of North Miami, made his way out of the overturned Jeep Wrangler he was driving and ran away from the scene “without ever checking on the condition of the victim,” a Hallandale Beach arrest report said.

The crash happened late Sunday night, June 17, 2018, as David Diaz, 41, was heading home from work and driving west on E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard at its intersection with S. Dixie Highway, a one-way southbound road.

According to investigators, an analysis of the Jeep’s onboard computer would show that it was traveling 78 mph on S. Dixie Highway, where the posted speed limit is 35 mph, before crashing into Diaz’s car. Surveillance video from a nearby business showed the Jeep going north in the southbound lanes, the arrest report showed.

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