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Carjackers dump victim’s vehicle in river, cops say

Driver, 28, is robbed, beaten and stranded on I-75, authoritie­s say

- By Erika Pesantes Staff writer

When authoritie­s pulled a submerged car from the New River near Fort Lauderdale, distraught relatives were suddenly relieved to learn no one was inside early Friday.

But where was 28-year-old Dannie Herrington, whose black Chrysler had plunged into the waters of the North Fork of the New River?

A man who identified himself as Herrington’s father arrived at the scene along Northwest 27th Avenue, south of Sunrise Boulevard, and rushed away as he learned that his son was recovering at Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes.

“It’s just a relief that he’s OK,” said Ervin Bynes as he left to see his son.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigat­ing how Herrington wound up stranded on a highway

while his car was driven into a canal.

According to BSO, Herrington was approached at gunpoint at about 3 a.m. Friday in a residentia­l neighborho­od in Lauderdale Lakes. Three men forced their way into his car.

They drove, along with Herrington, away from the neighborho­od in the 4400 block of Northwest 43rd Street and toward the area of U.S. 27 and Interstate 75, sheriff’s spokeswoma­n Gina Carter said.

Along the way, Herrington was punched and struck with the gun in the neck, hands and arm, leaving him with scrapes, cuts and bruises, authoritie­s said.

The three men eventually abandoned him along I-75 in Weston and took his car, some of his clothes and other belongings. A passerby spotted Herrington and called the sheriff’s office in Weston.

Deputies took Herrington to Florida Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

The sheriff’s office said Herrington’s car was apparently dumped into the river by the men who attacked him.

Before dawn, personnel from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and the sheriff ’s office were called to the site where the car went into the river. Rescue divers used straps to pull the vehicle out of the water.

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