Eleven-car crash kills one in Miami
A 65-year-old Miami woman has been identified as the passenger who died when a city dump truck plowed into her taxicab.
Pamela Kay Plummer lived alone with her blind dog in Little Havana, not far from the street where she died. She often used the taxi company to run errands.
Her relatives were flying into Miami from Arkansas.
Miami police say the dump truck plowed full-speed into the taxi cab, which was stopped in traffic at Northwest 17th Avenue and Seventh Street. The fiery wreck was captured on jarring surveillance video from the Bowl Bar liquor store next to Marlins Park.
The chain-reaction crash involved 11 vehicles in all, injuring 10 people. Four people were taken to the hospital in serious condition, including dump truck driver Larry Ellis, 53; he has since been released.
Ellis was cited last year for improperly backing up in Miami, a traffic ticket that was later dismissed, court records show.
Miami police detectives are still investigating the crash.
“I did see the video and I think that like many other folks, anybody who would see the video would be disturbed by the violent nature of the crash,” Miami City Attorney Daniel Alfonso said in a statement released Friday. “Our hearts go out to the family members of those people who have been injured. We wish those people get well as soon as possible. To the family of the deceased, I wish there’s comfort for them.”