In a 24 hour period from late Saturday to Sunday night 10 people and an unborn baby were killed in car accidents in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Yes, as a MIami Car Accident Lawyer I am never surprised by the number of accidents on any given week, but 10 deaths in one day is shocking.
The crashes ranged from a head-on collision on the Gratigny at 5:00 a.m., where presumably the wrong way driver was drunk to a 10 year old skateboarder.
Of course, no weekend in South Florida would be complete without a Hit and Run accident.
That award goes to Eric Garcia an unlicensed 19 year old from Fort Lauderdale who ran over a 5-year-old girl riding a Big Wheel in front of her home. As reported by The MIami Herald, the owner of the car Mario Argumedo also 19, was in the car with Garcia when they collided with the girl. Argumendo, who owns the car, ran to the girl after the crash, picked her up and carried her over to her mother before running back into the car and driving it away from the scene. He was also arrested and 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’s desperate mother began to drive her daughter to a hospital, but pulled over near Sunrise Boulevard and Interstate 95, where she called fire rescue. The girl was unresponsive when paramedics arrived.
She was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.