Three Crandon Beach sun soakers run over by a Miami-Dade Parks pickup truck were Miami-Dade residents.
Miami-Dade police released the names of the driver and victims on Saturday. Vicky Merlett, 20, William Merlett, 16, and Aurelien Bouaniche, 19, from South Miami-Dade’s Calusa area, suffered scrapes and bruises to their legs and feet in the late Friday afternoon incident, police said.
A driver identified as 23-year-old Kevin Gonzalez rolled a Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Ford F-150 pickup truck over the three as they lay on Crandon Beach. Gonzalez stopped immediately and called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
He told police he didn’t see the three sunbathers.
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There’s no record that Gonzalez has been cited or charged.
Despite work vehicles and sunbathers sharing the beach, the meeting of the two are rare.
Nearly five years ago on Hollywood beach, a man was run over by a city pickup truck and suffered cuts. In 2011, a Miami Beach police officer on an ATV ran over tourists on the sand. And in 2003, a Miami Beach officer in an SUV ran over two sisters from France sunbathing on the beach. One of the women died.