At times it feels like an epidemic: so far six pedestrians have been killed in the streets of Miami in one week.
Three Family Members Killed Outside Marlin Stadium
Three family members were struck and killed on July 3, 2012, by an out of control minivan just outside Marlins stadium in the 1700 block of NW 7th Street. According to CBSlocal.com, police are investigating whether 67 year old Raul Ortega Arias, who also died in the accident, suffered some kind of medical condition before losing control of his 2006 Dodge Caravan. He run on to the sidewalk, where he struck a grandmother and three children walking to their car after watching the Marlin’s game. Esther Terrero de Diaz, 53, Franklin Diaz, 14, and Adriana Diaz, 13, were struck and killed, while 10 year old Magdeline Diaz is still recovering from her injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Two Church Officials Struck Outside Jumbos Restaurant
Meanwhile, on the night of July 8, 2012, two church officials were killed by a drunk driver that run his car into Jumbos, a popular local restaurant. Aljo Hamlin, 63, and Wilton Thomas Harris, 61, were killed last weekend as they dined at Jumbos. About 11 people were inside the popular Liberty City eatery on Saturday night when tragedy struck.
According to nbclocal.com, police have charged 53 year old Antonio Lawrence with two counts of DUI manslaughter after he lost control of his pick-up truck and slammed it into a truck parked outside the restaurant. This second truck then crashed thru the restaurant’s entrance, striking one of the victims and throwing him inside after running over and killing the other victim. Both men were long time customers and friends of the restaurant’s owner, Bobby Flam, who organized a community gathering Sunday afternoon to remember the victims.
Homeless Man Killed by Hit & Run Driver
Finally, police have identified another pedestrian struck and killed at around 5:00 a.m. that same day near North Miami Avenue and 79th Street. The victim, Carl Jones, was a homeless man attempting to cross 79th Street. Surveillance cameras caught the moment when a dark colored car struck Mr. Jones and kept going. Police are looking for a black Pontiac or another similarly colored vehicle for this accident.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
With more than 67 years of combined experience, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help pedestrians that have been victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or accidents involving any other kind of motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one have been injured as pedestrians, we urge you to contact a law firm experienced handling these matters. The Miami Dade County Pedestrian and Car Accidents Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Please visit the Notable Cases section of our website to learn more about the firm and the cases we have handled. Once ready, please contact us for a free consultation.