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The Herald reports that five people standing outside of an Allapattah bar were injured last night when an enraged driver stole a car and plowed into them. The suspect in the hit-and-run has been identified, but not apprehended. If you have any information, please contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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The Herald is reporting that a woman was struck and killed by a motorist  while she attempted to cross the street in Kendall. The crash occurred at Southwest 104th Street and 150th Place (View Larger Map). In typical Miami fashion, the driver took left the crash scene. Police are looking for details, if you have any please make them known the proper authorities.

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I think I am having deja vu, another pedestrian was struck and killed by a Miami-Dade Police officer in Southwest Dade yesterday. Details have not been released, reports the Herald. Because this involves a police officer, and not an NFL player, we may not hear anything more aboutthe incident.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade School Police are enforcing the school area speed limit, at least in a few select locations. In just five days, officers in the Agressive Drivers unit handed out 642 tickets. While this is an important step for creating more livable streets and safe routes to schools for our children, one wishes that these periodic crackdowns would become routine. Civilizing the streets of Miami-Dade will remain a challenge until motor vehicle laws are consistently enforced. Perhaps we should start with those who are suppossed to be setting an example and following these laws: the police.

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NFL journeyman, Donte Stallworth, has had his vehicular manslaughter hearing postponed until May 21. Stallworth was charged with a DUI, which resulted in the killing of Mario Reyes.  We’ll be tracking this one, as Stallworth deserves full punishment for the crime he so irresponsibly committed.

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The Miami Herald reports 67-year old Jose Munoz was struck and tragically killed by a Miami-Dade Police Officer while trying to cross Southwest 344th Street. Munoz heroically pushed his wife out of the way but was unable to avoid the oncoming car.

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As I descended the southern side of the SW 2nd Avenue Bridge this morning and began to make the turn onto SW 7th Street, I was quickly stopped by a blockade of yellow tape, Miami Police officers and Public Service Aids.  My first thought was either murder, or a really bad traffic accident. As it turns out, it was the latter…or was it both?

The Miami Herald reports that an elderly woman was killed by two colliding cars on SW Third Avenue. The driver of one vehicle and his two passengers quickly fled the scene, but were soon apprehended at a fast food joint nearby. The driver of the other car had to be extracted and taken to Jackson Memorial.

While there is little doubt that there was reckless driving involved-and that those who fled the scene are likely the culprits-most incidents such as this are all too often labeled as “accidents.” Sure, the drivers probably had no intent to kill. Yet, when you engage in reckless driving, drive while under the influence, or anything of the sort, the result is not an accident.

So while this may not be murder per se, calling it a mere “accident” greatly cheapens the severity of the incident. For more on the how the media and popular culture distorts the public perception of these types of automotive collisions, please read this important article from Greater Greater Washington.

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The Miami Herald is reporting that a bicyclist was struck and  killed on the 1500 Block of West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Details of the accident , including the name of the victim, have not been released. Apparently, the driver stayed at the scene of the accident, which sadly seems to be the exception to the rule here in South Florida.

More in keeping with the typical behavior,  a hit-and-run incident yesterday  took the life of a pedestrian near Southwest 157th Avenue and 289th Terrace. The victim, as well as the suspect who police were able to track down, have yet to be identified publicly.

UPDATE: The Miami Herald is now running a mor robust story on the hit-and-run in Southwest Dade on Sunday. The suspect’s name is  Jose Ramon Medina, who admitted to driving without a license, drinking alchohol prior to the incident, and fleeing the scene afterwards. He will be charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and tampering with evidence.

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Two separate accidents in the past two days have left two students injured in Coral Springs.  Yesterday an 8-year-old girl was struck while bicycling to school by an SUV at Northwest 123rd Avenue and 29th Street near Westchester Elementary School. The student is expected to make a full recovery. No charges have been filed.

This morning 16-year-old Robert Brown was struck by a Toyota Camry while crossing the street on his way to school. Brown is currently in serious condition. No charges have been filed, as Brown was apparently crossing the street without a walk signal, and a green light for the oncoming motorist.

In related news, the blog Greater Greater Washington questions how the news media spins auto-related “accidents” and what that says about our culture.

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The Miami Herald reports that a pedestrian was stuck in Fort Lauderale and is undergoing serious surgery for injuries sustained from the collision.

While not confirmed, test results were leaked to the Herald stating that Donte Stallworth, responsible for running into and killing Mario Reyes, had a blood alchohol level of .14, nearly double the legal limit.  No charges have been filed, but if this proves true it seems certain that Stallworth will have to suffer more than just a heavy conscious.

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If you read or watched the news at all this weekend, then you know that Donte Stallworth, a NFL journeyman, struck and killed a man by the name of Mario Reyes. Reyes, 59,  was  crossing busy highway on Terminal Island from his place of employment to the bus stop. The Herald reports the light was red, which indicates negligent driving on the part of  Stallworth.

The initial Herald story covered the accident yesterday, but mostly just  Stallworth’s stalling NFL career via his  stats and totally irrelevant personal information. To be fair, little might have been know about Reyes at that point, but since Stallworth is a professional sports player the news feature got as many words as possible, including a highlight about how many condos the guy owns.

The second story gives us a bit more information about Reyes and his family, yet still includes the pointless information  Stallworth. One has to wonder if the situation were reversed, Reyes hit Stallworth, if we would be reading all about Reyes career, home, car, and lifestyle a part from the accident. Somehow,  I doubt it.

No charges have been filed, and who knows if they will be. It’s very unlikely that Stallworth was trying to hit Reyes, yet the man should be held accountable for his negligence.

Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim.

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I hope you readers are not becoming de-sensitized to these tragedies. The Miami Herald reports that a 21-year female old bicyclist was struck and seriously injured on Cypress Creek Road yesterday. It is unclear who is at fault for the accident. Regardless, they won’t blame the traffic engineers.

Indeed, when analyzing an aerial image of the road, one instantly notices this is a major thoroughfare with as many as 11 lanes. Yes, 11 lanes of traffic. While one has to wonder why anyone would attempt to bicycle on such an insanely proportioned roadway, one should also wonder why we need 11 lanes of traffic in the first place.  Can you imagine what type of transit Broward may have if they took all the investment in further expanding roads from 2, to 4, to 6, to 8, to ten lanes, and their continual maintenance, and invested it in less socially and environmentally destructive ways?

You see, suburbia is laid out so poorly that a bicyclist or pedestrian would have to go at least a half-mile out of their way to find a parrallel route, which may or may not get them to the end destination, and may or not be safer. There is no connectivity.  After all, bicycles and pedestrians are like motorists, they often want the fastest and most direct route. Unfortunately, this almost innate sense of efficiency places often place us in dangerous situations.

The details of the accident are being investigated, and likely this will be the last we  hear of the story as another serious bicyle injury is lost in the next headline.

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The Miami Herald is reporting this morning that Raj Motwani of Fort Lauderdale struck three bicyclists with his Mercedes  yesterday morning, killing one. The crash occured on State Road 84, near the Glades Parkway. A quick analysis of this area reveals that SR 84 features minimal shoulder width, and that it is a relatively high-speed thoroughfare that acts as a service road for 595. Charges have yet to be filed.

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Two men were struck and killed while walking on Sea Breeze Boulevard  late last night by what the Miami Herald  reports as a fatal  two-car drag race. The perpetrators  instantly fled the scene and ditched one of the cars, a white Porsche,  by the freeway. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact traffic homicide Investigator Sandra Knutten at 954-828-5460 or Broward Crime Stoppers on 954-493-8477.

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Another hit-and -run in downtown Miami is further compounded by what seems like an abduction of the victim, the Herald Reports.  Miami-Dade County seems to be averaging at least one hit-and-run per week in 2009. Please read the full article and report any info you may have to the authorities.

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The Miami Herald reports that in response to the recent killing of 11-year old Ashley Nicole Valdes, Miami-Dade officials are crafting an initiative that “will let residents know about ‘significant incidents that involve local law enforcement.'” With little other detail at this point, who knows what that actually means.

Call me cynical, but what Miami-Dade needs is a proactive approach to engineering and designing our streets for safety so that incidents like this, and the many like it, are  avoided in the first place-not a communication strategy quickly detailing how another Miami-Dade resident has been maimed  by a speeding motorist, along an over-sized four-lane road, where there isn’t adequate lighting.

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