Miami-Dade County

September 2, 2014

Doral High student dies 11 days after accident

Students learned of Raphael Acevedo’s death at school on Tuesday.

A Doral high school student, who was run over by a driver from Kendall, has died 11 days after being in critical condition.

Ronald Reagan High School authorities, in northwest Doral, informed students about 17-year-old Raphael Acevedo’s death Tuesday morning.

Acevedo was Peruvian and was a high school senior.

“What’s happened is so sad,” said a Victoria Rojas, mother of Acevedo’s friend, Nicolás Irregui.

“Raphael was a healthy kid, good, athletic, smart, a likeable young man,” she said.

On July 22, around 8 p.m., Acevedo was admitted to emergency care at Kendall Regional Hospital shortly after being run over by a car.

His friends, William Jr. Herrera and Christian Bianchi, were also hit by the 2002 Honda Accord driven by 22-year-old Gabriel E. Lopez.

On Friday, López’s relatives expressed well wishes for Acevedo and Herrera’s recovery while both of them remained hospitalized.

The Doral Police Department’s report indicates that the Honda driven by López was headed South on 117th Avenue, almost one-fourth of a mile from Northwest 50th Street when it hit Herrera and “Victim number 2”, as the report referred to Acevedo.

The Honda also hit Venezuelan-born, Bianchi, who only suffered minor injuries.

The avenue, 117th, runs parallel to the Turnpike and allows a maximum speed of 30 mph.

On Tuesday, El Nuevo Herald reported that although William Herrera had also remained hospitalized, he had now entered the recovery stage.

Illeana Herrera, William’s mother, said her son had a successful clavicle surgery on Friday.

She also said William had surgery on his arm and that although he has a broken rib she’s unsure how long her son will remain in the hospital.

According to information provided by a Nuevo Herald source, the three students — Acevedo, Herrera and Bianchi were on the 117th avenue along with a fourth friend: Diego Infante, also a student at Ronald Reagan High School.

According to the source, one of Infante’s relatives had gone to look for him at school to give him a house key since he had to go to work.

The relative stopped the vehicle on the north lane, around the area where the group of friends were standing. A short while later, one of the boys crossed the street and a few seconds later the Honda impacted the rest of the group on the southern end of the lane.

Doral Mayor Luigi Boria said the police department was investigating the case.

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