Police – NBC 6 South Florida

A 37-year-old woman already accused of car theft is facing new charges after a fatal car crash in Lauderhill.

Ira Jo Anderson, 71, was hit by a black Dodge Ram pickup truck while driving through the 1200 block of Northwest 31st Street at about 10:40 p.m. on June 20.

On advice, Lauderhill Police determined that Rebecca Strowbridge was driving the truck with two passengers. Police said she moved from hotel to hotel and was wearing different wigs to avoid arrest.

Authorities are looking for a hit-and-run driver caught on camera fatally beating a man before fleeing the scene in Lauderhill.

According to the latest arrest report, Strawbridge and passenger Travarus Brewer came down to check on the man on the street. After that, she set off leaving behind Brewer, so he ran away. It is not called 911.

The pedestrian was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center with fractures to his back, leg, pelvis and liver injury. The report stated that he died of his injuries on June 29.

As it happens, a Dodge Ram was involved in another crash at about 3:15 a.m. on June 23 when the driver lost control and crashed into an apartment block in the 4700 block of Northwest 24 Court in Lauderdale Lakes. Police said the driver and passenger got off in a BMW.

The truck showed up at a Hollywood auto repair agency on September 20 with damage to the front end. Investigators said he lost the Dodge logo that was found at the site of a pedestrian collision in Lauderhill.

Strobridge was arrested around 4 a.m. on September 4 after a license plate reader at the exit of Sawgrass Highway alerted police to the vehicle reported stolen in Fort Lauderdale two days earlier, according to an arrest report.

Police said officers found the car parked at 7-Eleven at 5615 N. University Drive and detained Strawbridge.

The report said the Pompano Beach woman, who declined to be named, began kicking the windows of the patrol car on its way to the police station.


Rebecca Strawbridge

Records showed she had five arrest warrants pending against her, including grand theft auto violations and probation violations.

Police said they also charged her with drug possession when they found nearly four grams of cocaine in her pocket.

While being questioned about the hit-and-run incident, police said that Strowbridge had confessed to everything and claimed she had run away because she did not have a valid driver’s licence.

The new fees were added on Friday.

Records show that Strawbridge remains in the Broward County Jail without collateral on 19 counts including leaving the scene of the fatal accident, car theft, tampering with evidence and driving with a suspended license.

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