Cops: Drunken driver hits woman, fire hydrant, which causes sinkhole to open


Ivanka Cancic

LAUDERHILL, Fla. - A woman is in custody and another is recovering after an alleged hit-and-run in south Florida left an SUV in a sinkhole.

Police said a woman struck a pedestrian on Monday in Lauderhill, and then she crashed into a fire hydrant and hit a tree.

A large sinkhole formed when water gushed out of the hydrant and left several streets flooded.

One woman woke up to find her SUV partially submerged in the hole.

"By the time I got outside, the water was just around it, just bubbling around it, just sinking and sinking, sinking, and now it's really sank," said car owner Diane Duschesne.

Investigators believe the driver had been drinking alcohol before the accident.

The driver of the truck, Ivanka Cancic, was taken to Florida Medical Center.

Authorities said she faces charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries and driving with a suspended license.

Investigators said Cancic's driver's license was revoked because of previous DUI arrests.