News courtesy of Perazzo Law – Serving Car Accident Victims in Miami-Dade and North Miami Beach
Tragedy strikes Miami-Dade highways leaving six dead and eleven injured in two separate incidents.
Miami-Dade: A drunk motorist led to the death of four people and serious personal injury to six others on the northbound lanes of the I-95 near 62nd Street in Miami-Dade County just after midnight. What started-off as a minor motorcycle incident involving another vehicle, turned into tragedy when a drunk 42-year motorist behind the wheel of a GMC van crashed into the rear bumper of a car that had pulled over to assist the injured motorcycle rider. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that there were several people on the highway shoulder assisting the motorcyclist when they were suddenly struck by the pulled-over vehicle the van operator had crashed into while driving drunk. The driver responsible for the deadly incidents was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter, serious bodily injury, property damage, and even resisting arrest. Sadly, the overnight death toll on Miami-Dade highways didn’t end there as two more people lost their lives a few hours later in a rollover accident on the Florida Turnpike. A Mercury SUV crashed into a guardrail after inexplicably losing control, causing the vehicle to flip over upon impact. Two of the passengers died when they were ejected from the SUV, while the driver, another passenger, and a baby, which had also been ejected from the SUV, survived. They were immediately taken to a local hospital where they are listed in serious condition. The FHP is trying to determine the cause of the accident, which apparently has a slippery roadway as one of the determining factors. According to data provided by the Miami-Dade Police department, there were 28 reported car accidents in August, 10 of which involved serious personal injuries. Statistics released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reveals some 388,032 car accidents in Florida in 2017, with Miami and Broward County ranking at the top. Miami accounted for 63,157 of reported incidents, with the highest percentage occurring on Friday nights.