Miami-Dade County

Mudding accident off Card Sound Road kills 9-year-old boy

A 9-year-old boy died in a mudding accident east of Card Sound Road, Miami-Dade police said Monday.

A Margate father and his two boys, 6 and 9, were riding off-road in a 1996 Jeep Cherokee about 2½ miles south of the intersection of U.S. 1 and Card Sound Road in South Miami-Dade at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday when the car hit a five-foot-deep, water-filled ditch, said Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

The dad, who was driving the Jeep, and his adult passenger got out of the vehicle to push it out of the mud when they noticed that 9-year-old Jayden Young was unconscious on the back seat, Zabaleta said.

The two adults pried Jayden out of the car and called 911. He was airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital with “some type of facial injury,” Zabaleta said.

“He was very, very critical,” Zabaleta said. “They weren’t expecting him to make it through the night.”

Mudding is common in South Florida, Zabaleta said.

“Over there, it’s a lot,” Zabaleta said. “It’s a hobby. Accidents do happen. There’s a lot of dangers involved with off-road driving.”

Officers were at the scene Monday morning to investigate the accident.