Miami-Dade County

6-year-old struck and killed by car driven by high school student

A six-year-old girl on her way to elementary school is dead and her grandmother hospitalized after both were struck by a car driven by a 16-year-old high school student near the intersection of Northeast 13th Place and 209th Terrace.

Miami-Dade Police said Betasha Bien-Aime and her grandmother, Emilia Frenel, were walking southbound near Madie Ives Elementary and trying to cross the street when a white Mercedes driven by a female from Davie, heading north, hit them both.

The driver attends Dr. Michael Krop Senior High, which is not far from Madie Ives where Betasha went to school. Miami-Dade Public Schools will send grief counselors to Madie Ives to help students and staff deal with the accident.

“It’s devastating for me. In a school zone, which is supposed to be 15 miles-per-hour, you see the kids from school go flying through school zones and this must stop because I just lost my six-year-old,” the girl’s mother Marie Bien-Aime told CBS4. “My mother was walking with her because I work Wednesday through Sunday and my mom walks her to school. Now my mom is in the hospital with a broken arm, a broken leg and my baby is gone.”

The accident happened around 7:17 a.m. Wednesday, according to the police — about 13 minutes before the school zone speed begins for Madie Ives. The driver remained on the scene and investigators are working to determine the cause of the accident and whether distracted driving or speed played a role. Betasha was transported to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where she died. Frenel is in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, police said.

This report was supplemented by Miami Herald news partner CBS4. Follow @HowardCohen on Twitter.