Suits filed over wrong-way Opa-locka police pursuit


Miami Herald Staff

An Opa-locka police pursuit that ended in a head-on collision with multiple fatalities on Interstate 95 has prompted the filing of wrongful death lawsuits by the family of two victims. Relatives of Albertson Almase and his sister, Kristina Almase, filed suit Thursday naming, among others, the city and the pursuing policeman, officer Sergio Perez.

At the time of the crash in April, Albertson Almase was in the United States Navy and his sister, Kristina Almase, was a registered nurse. Besides their surviving parents, Kristina Almase lis survived by a 4-year-old daughter.

Perez was pursuing an SUV driven by Willie Dumel when Dumel entered I-95, heading north in the southbound lanes. Perez told his superiors he broke off the pursuit, although audio from police radio appeared to contradict that. The SUV hit a minivan carrying the Almases and two others. Only Dumel survived.

“Although we cannot bring Albertson and Kristina back, these lawsuits will provide some closure for the families,” said the family’s attorney, Edward R. Blumberg of Miami. “These lawsuits highlight the dangers to the public of high-speed police chases on busy Miami-Dade County roadways.”

Opa-locka officials chose not to comment on the particulars of the suits.

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