Cuban Rolando Fraga Hernandez was a systems technician who was beloved by his family.
Originally from San José de las Lajas, a town south of Havana, Cuba, Fraga Hernandez lived in Miami with his wife, Ana Maria Oviedo Garcia, and his 15-year-old son.
He previously lived in Caracas, Venezuela, according to his Facebook profile, and worked as a truck driver. Most recently, Fraga Hernandez worked as a technician at ITG Communications.
After his Jeep Cherokee was one of the cars removed from the rubble of the fallen bridge the morning of March 17, relative Carol Fraga confirmed his death. He was 60.
His home was near FIU and he often took the nearby turnpike to work, relatives told the Associated Press.
“With so much pain in our hearts for your unexpected death, we will remember you and love your forever Tio Rolando,” Carol Fraga, whose husband is Fraga Hernandez’s nephew, wrote on Facebook.
After news of Fraga Hernandez’s death spread, friends posted messages to Facebook.
One friend, Jorge Canela, wrote: “A friend of mine from my neighborhood apparently is among the people who lost their lives in the collapse [of the bridge], Rolando Fraga. I am calling him and he does not answer. My brother, we are all devastated.”
The day before the bridge collapse, Fraga Hernandez shared a quote in Spanish on his Facebook page: “Nothing is forever. Coffee gets cold, people leave, time passes and people change.”