The Florida Highway Patrol on Sunday identified the victims of three separate crashes that killed three people and injured several more during a deadly Saturday on South Florida roadways.
In the first crash, Arnaldo Campo Romaguera, 43, of Miami, was heading west on the Julia Tuttle Causeway west of Alton Road before 5 p.m. on Saturday, when he lost control of his Chevy Trailblazer, according to the incident report.
“At this point we don’t know why he lost control of the vehicle,” said FHP Spokeswoman Dallani Garcia-Cruz on Sunday.
The SUV, carrying seven people, struck the guardrail on the north shoulder, overturned and landed in grassy embankment on its roof.
Never miss a local story.
Killed was Daniela Perez, 14. Injured were Romaguera; Miriam Borrego, 40; Dayron Gonzalez, 22; Barbara Urrutia, 7; Jose Miguel Sanchez Blanco, 42 and Barbaro Urrutia, 36. All were taken to Ryder Trauma Center, some with critical injuries.
According to Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll, the 14-year-old was ejected from the car. When rescuers arrived at the scene it was “chaotic,” because there were so many victims, he said.
The SUV landed not far from the shore line and rescuers were not sure how many passengers there were.
“We had to make sure everyone was accounted for,” Carroll said.
The accident, which snarled traffic for hours, is still under investigation.
In the second crash, which happened at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a Ford Expedition, driven by Tokavia Hardy, rear-ended a Toyota Corolla and dragged it some 500 feet along the southbound Palmetto Expressway north of Okeechobee Road.
Sara Beatriz Hernandez Medina, 52, of Miami, who was a passenger in the Corolla, was killed. None of the six people - 5 of whom were children - in the Expedition were injured. The driver of the Corolla, Juan Balibrea Llerena, 34, was not injured. Another passenger in the Corolla, Miguel Hernandez, 58, suffered minor injuries.
The third crash happened on Westbound 836, west of 45th Ave. at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. According to the incident report, a driver in a red vehicle was speeding down the expressway and changed lanes in front of a Toyota Camry. The driver of the Camry, Janol Vinson, 23, of Kentucky, veered right and collided with a converted cab bus driven by Marnell Smith, 36 of Miramar. The bus collided with the barrier wall, and overturned. Carla Trinidad, 22, of Miami, was ejected from the bus and later died from her injuries.
The van’s other passengers, Viorica Dumbrava, Klara Kocvarona, Andrea Bohrn and Rosa Occhibianchi all suffered minor injuries. Another car, an Audi driven by Angelica Amador, 32 , of Sunrise, then crashed into the van. Amador suffered minor injuries.
Miami-Dade police on Sunday did not release the names of the two people who died in another Saturday crash at Northwest 12th Street and 72nd Avenue. The accident also sent a third victim to Miami Children’s Hospital in stable but critical condition and a fourth person was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.