A South Florida woman and her friend were walking on the beach by the Clevelander Hotel when an ATV crashed into her. The ATV, driven by Erick Kuilan, an on-duty police officer, drove into Kitzie Nicanor and her friend Luis Almonte as they were working their way down the beach just before dawn. Nicanor suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the accident.
As a result of the accident, Nicanor has suffered memory loss, concentration problems, paralysis and speech difficulties. Her spleen was removed, she suffered a broken leg and is dealing with heart perforations. She remains in the hospital, and doctors say she will likely require years of rehabilitation.
Nicanor is suing Kuilan and the Clevelander Hotel. Her complaint alleges that the hotel regularly allows on-duty police officers into its clubs to consume alcohol. While the Miami Beach Police Department claims that officers are not allowed to drink while on-duty, Kuilan’s blood alcohol level was more than the legal limit in Florida when taken four hours after the accident. Kuilan, who has since been fired from the Miami Beach Police Department, has been charged with two counts of reckless driving resulting in bodily injury and two counts of driving under the influence.
Aunt: ATV crash a nightmare, www.miamiherald.com July 7, 2011.
Nicanor, who has a one-year-old son, found her life drastically changed because of one officer’s negligent actions. While accidents like this occur, the injured victim deserves to be compensated for their loss. Nicanor’s rehabilitation will result in extremely high medical expenses and her quality of life has been greatly affected. If you have suffered injuries as a result of another person’s negligent actions, call the Miami Beach motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona today. The Broward personal injury attorneys have spent over twenty years dedicated to recovering compensation for accident victims. Call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.
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