A woman headed to a Chuck E. Cheese pizzeria in Hialeah Gardens — accompanied by seven children and two other adults — was killed Thursday afternoon when she was hit by a car while trying to cross busy Palmetto Expressway on foot.
“It’s bizarre,” said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez. “Not only did they put their lives in danger, they put the kids’ lives in danger.”
Four of the children in the group also were stuck by the car at 3:39 p.m. Three of them were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Four-year-old Kaly Ross was in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The tragic accident shut down the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway for hours, snarling traffic on New Year’s Day.
Now, troopers are trying to figure out why the group tried crossing from east to west on the notoriously traffic choked expressway instead of crossing at a nearby underpass at Northwest 103rd Street.
The adults could possibly face child endangerment charges. The woman, Angela Johnson, 24, died instantly. No other details were available Thursday evening.