Before fleeing the scene on foot, the driver of a speeding dark gray BMW collided with a white Mitsubishi SUV traveling westbound on W. Sample Road causing both vehicles to roll over, killing the driver of the Mitsubishi.

On September 25, 2016, at approximately 1:22 A.M., members of the Coral Springs Police Department Traffic Unit were called out to the area of W. Sample Road and State Road 7/441 where a two-car collision had occurred. Preliminary investigation indicates that a dark gray 2011 BMW 535 was traveling at a high rate of speed on the exit ramp of State Road 7/441 attempting to travel west on W. Sample Road when it failed to negotiate the curve of the exit ramp.  The driver of the dark gray BMW lost control of the vehicle and as a result it traveled across a raised ramp median, impacting a white 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander traveling westbound on W. Sample Road. The impact caused both vehicles to overturn.

The white 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was driven by Charlie Ruiz, 39, of Coral Springs, was transported to Broward Health North where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. Ruiz, who was the father of a young teen-age daughter that was on his way home from work.

The dark gray 2011 BMW 535 was driven by an unknown male, approximately 18 years old who fled on foot upon the arrival of police officers. Witnesses report seeing at least one, possibly more teenage passengers who fled the scene after exiting the flipped over [1]BMW. The BMW is believed to have been taken during a house party in the area of 4100 NW 58th Street, Coconut Creek.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash, know the identity of the driver or other occupants or who may have attended the house party in Coconut Creek to call Coral Springs Traffic Homicide Investigator Richard Schaut 954-346-1755.


When Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie visited France recently, he was impressed by a college there that taught young people about culinary arts and hospitality management. He believed it would be great idea to invite some of the culinary arts students to participate in an exchange program with a Broward school.

So an exchange program was developed. A group of ten students from the Georges Freche school in southern France spent about ten days working with ProStart students at J.P. Taravella High School. In January, eight students from J.P. Taravella will go to France to study culinary arts and hospitality management.

The Taravella students worked with a French chef and the students from France. “It was rigorous and high tempo. I learned a lot about different foods in ten days,” said Nicole Rivera. She is hoping for a career in hospitality management.


Djoreme Semara, a student from France loved her visit to South Florida. “I love the U.S. People here are more friendly and open. The students work hard here,” she said.

Chef Scott Goodman, who teaches culinary arts at J.P. Taravella was impressed by the French students. “We learned more traditional styles of cooking from the students. We all become best friends,” he said. “It takes a lot of dedication and willingness to work hard to be successful in the culinary arts.”

After more than a week of working together, the students put on a special dinner for leaders from the Broward County Public Schools. Runcie and various school officials attended. They were served a multicourse meal prepared by the students.

“In France, I saw a whole school dedicated to hospitality management. They had a five star restaurant there,” said Runcie, “I would like to see a program like that in Broward County.”

J.P. Taravella Principal Jason Nault said he was pleased to see the culinary arts students preparing and high quality meal and serving it. “I am excited about this program,” he said.




Football is a popular activity at Coral Springs High School. The Colts have a solid team with a winning record. The Colts recently lost to a strong Deerfield Beach. They competed hard and should have more success during this season.



Band is a very popular activity at Coral Springs High School. The Marching Colts have received many accolades over the years and do well in competitions.




Football is a popular game in Coral Springs. The Coral Springs Chargers play their home games at Mullins Park. The goal of the program is to teach boys the basics of football, to encourage sportsmanship and to the teach the value of respecting fellow players, coaches and opponents. Pictured here, the Chargers compete against the Coconut Creek Eagles.