Here’s a snapshot of the local vehicular carnage in South Florida over the past weekend. Also, bear in mind there there were no reports of any injuries or deaths on Tri-Rail, Metrorail, MetroMover, DecoBike, b-Cycle or city busses this weekend.
MIAMI - An 81 year old motorist wildly loses control of his car on NE 106th St near Biscayne Bay. In spectacular fashion, the vehicle cartwheels into the water and begins to drift and sumberge. Some bystanders, including a Miami Beach detective, jump into the water and pull the driver to safety.
MIAMI - A motorcyclist is rear-ended by a reckless motorist on an SR 836 on-ramp. The driver then flees the scene while the motorcyclist lay injured on the roadway.
Despite the headline of the WSVN story above, leaving the scene of a crash, especially when you struck a vulnerable road user, is no ‘accident’. It’s time we retire that word to the dustbin of our vocabulary when referring to crashes like this.
Violent Collision in Allapattah
LAUDERHILL - In another crash worthy of an acrobatic score, a driver in a Toyota Corolla plows through a fence in reverse, propels airborne over a swimming pool and crashes into the back of a house in Lauderhill. Miraculously, the homeowner, three children in the house and the motorist were not seriously injured, though the home suffered significant damage.
MIAMI - Thugs ram a stolen Nissan Maxima into the front doors of Nail Bar in Midtown early Saturday morning. They steal an ATM machine from the business and speed away in a waiting getaway vehicle, leaving the crashed Nissan at the scene.
WEST PALM BEACH - According to deputies, Juan Diego Martinez, a 26 year old motorist, plowed into 3 vehicles in a parking lot outside a local nightclub shortly after midnight Saturday. Luis Jimenez, a West Palm Beach taxi driver was struck and killed by the reckless driver as he was chatting with friends outside. Two other innocent bystanders were also injured.
JUPITER - Three elderly people were killed Sunday afternoon after their car veered off Interstate 95 and went into a drainage ditch full of highway runoff water.
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