By Kevin Deutsch
A 22-year-old Coral Springs man was involved in a multi-vehicle crash that killed a Boca Raton teenager Saturday morning, authorities said.
Gerardo Miguel Cadagan was driving a 2018 BMW involved in the deadly wreck, which happened shortly after 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives.
Their on-scene investigation revealed that Denis Haikin, 18, of Boca Raton, had been driving a 2016 Mazda MX-5 westbound in the center lane of West Hillsboro Boulevard as it approached Deer Creek Boulevard. At the same time, Nick Haikin, 19, also of Boca Raton, was driving a 2016 Toyota Scion FR-S and was also traveling westbound in the inside lane.
Investigators did not state publicly whether or how the teens were related.
Denis Haikin “failed to maintain control of the vehicle” and struck the Toyota on the passenger side near its rear tire, BSO said in a press release Tuesday. The collision caused both vehicles to lose control and go into a slide. The cars rotated across the westbound lane, onto a curbed swale, and into a concrete utility pole, according to BSO.
Investigators said that Nick Haikin’s Toyota grazed the pole, causing relatively minor damage to the driver’s side of the car.
The Mazda struck the pole, causing the vehicle to roll onto its roof.
After the initial collision involving the Mazda and Toyota, Cadagan struck the Mazda with his BMW, according to BSO.
After that impact, the BMW continued westbound, passed Deer Creek Boulevard, and pulled into the parking lot of a business on the north side of the road, investigators said.
Cadagan walked back to the scene and reported his involvement in the crash.
Paramedics rushed Denis Haikin to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A graveside service will be held for him on Aug 24, 2:00 p.m. at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens 11520 State Road, Boynton Beach.
The investigation is ongoing. No criminal charges had been announced as of Tuesday afternoon.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.