12-year-old killed in Keys crash after Miami Gardens driver loses control



A 12-year-old boy died in a crash on Cudjoe Key after a Miami Gardens driver lost control of an SUV and crashed into a restaurant.

Albert Brown, 68, slammed the 2001 Nissan SUV into the Square Grouper restaurant at mile marker 22.6 oceanside. The crash happened 4 p.m. Thursday

Killed was Dwayne Hamilton, 12, of Randallstown, Md. Hamilton was in the front passenger seat and was wearing a seat belt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, and "was killed upon impact with the building."

The sport utility vehicle, troopers said, was traveling north on U.S. 1 when Brown drove onto the road’s east shoulder without slowing, struck a "caution" sign, lost control, swerved back onto the road in an apparent effort at correcting his steering, then drove back onto the shoulder and into the parking lot of the Square Grouper.

The SUV hit the building’s southwest corner.

Passengers other than Hamilton were Melanie Brown, 34, of Randallstown; Alana Brown, 2, of Randallstown; and Andy Brown, 42, of Randallstown.

Andy Brown was airlifted to Jackson Memorial’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami by a helicopter ambulance that landed on Shark Key. He has "critical injuries," troopers said.

Melanie Brown and Alana Brown were treated at Lower Keys Medical Center. The driver, Albert, wasn’t injured.

This was the 13th traffic fatality of the year south of Florida City.

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