In one of the deadliest nights in South Florida history, ten people and an unborn child were killed in motor vehicle accidents within a 24-hour span of time. The most horrific of the deadly crashes involved a head-on collision on the Gratigny Expressway, which left four people dead after the car erupted into flames early Sunday morning. A car and an SUV crashed head on, as the police believe that one of the drivers may have entered the expressway heading in the wrong direction. The fires in the vehicles left three passengers trapped in one car and the driver of another vehicle trapped in his. The victims’ bodies were unrecognizable and have not yet been identified.
A pregnant woman was using the restroom at a Fort Lauderdale hotel cabana when a car veered off the road and into the cabana, killing the woman and her unborn baby. A churchgoer was also killed slightly before 10 a.m. services when another churchgoer lost control of her vehicle and smashed into her. Eighty-eight year old Mary Sczepanski put her car in reverse and accelerated, going over the curve and running over 66 year old Luciana Porto. Porto was also dragged under the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A 5-year-old girl was riding her Big Wheel in front of her home when a GMC van struck her. The driver fled the scene, but 19-year-old Erik Garcia was arrested shortly thereafter. Garcia was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, not having a valid driver’s license and failure to use due care. A passenger in the car, Mario Argumedo, who also owned the van, picked the girl up after the crash and ran her over to her mother before jumping back in the car and leaving the scene with Garcia. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, tampering with evidence and allowing an unlicensed driver operate a vehicle in his possession. The girl was pronounced dead at Broward General Medical Center. Another child was struck on Saturday–fourteen-year-old Brandon Campbell was riding his skateboard hen he was struck near a crosswalk by a Honda Accord. The driver stated he did not see the teen, but turned around and returned to scene when he realized he had hit something. Campbell was pronounced dead at North Broward Medical Center.
10 people killed in 24 hours in South Florida car accidents, www.miamiherald.com March 19, 2012.
Several people died because of the negligence of others. At least three women lost their children, while others lost their mothers, fathers and loved ones. The wrongful death attorneys at the Friedland Law Group understand how emotionally traumatizing the sudden death of a loved on can be. The Coral Gables auto accident lawyers at the Friedland Law Group have spent the last twenty years helping accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. No one should suffer injuries or lose a life as a result of another person’s carelessness. Call the Broward motor vehicle accident attorneys today at (305) 661-2008 and let them fight for the recovery you deserve!
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