Neighbors in the upscale community said Medina had been married to her husband, Diego, for about 25 years. She apparently worked in real estate, and records show she also owned a home-improvement business at one time.
She was always smiling, said next-door neighbor Ron Dover. She was just the nicest lady.
Neighbors said Medina would likely not have been on U.S. 27 had it not been for road barricades that have been the source of an ongoing feud between officials of Southwest Ranches and Pembroke Pines.
In recent years, Ranches closed three north-south streets to prevent Pines motorists from cutting through their neighborhoods. The barricades forced them to take U.S. 27.
U.S. 27 is known for being dangerous, said neighbor Frank Crandon. This should have never happened.
Medina was the secretary of the Trails of Pembroke Pines Homeowners Association and lived in the well-manicured home with her husband and daughter. Medina also has an older, grown daughter who no longer lives at the home.
Crandon said the family would spend weekends on another property they own in Central Florida, riding horses.
They were just a good family, he said.
About 5 p.m., two mangled cars were removed from the scene. Zachary Luck, who lives nearby, saw the crash on television. He pointed out that Medina could have been anyones mother, daughter, sister or friend; she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I cant believe how reckless someone can be, he said of the man in the Mercedes. What a coward.
El Nuevo Herald staff writers Melissa Sanchez and Maria Perez contributed to this report.