Miami Beach

1 driver, 2 South Beach hit-and-runs, 1 coma, 3 other people hospitalized, cops say

Ceairia Deveaux
Ceairia Deveaux Miami-Dade Corrections

The driver who Miami Beach police say put one person in a coma and sent three other people to the hospital Sunday night has been ticketed four times in the last 2 1/2 years for knowingly driving without a license.

As of Monday, Cutler Bay resident Ceairia Deveaux, 28, sat in Miami-Dade jail on charges of DUI with serious bodily injury, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and possession of a controlled substance (Xanax).

DUI hasn’t been a part of Deveaux’s unusual driving record, at least in Miami-Dade. She has received eight tickets over six stoppages in the last eight years, including four tickets for driving without a license knowingly between Oct. 18, 2016, and Jan. 6 this year. All eight citations were dismissed.

On Sunday around 10 p.m., according to an arrest report, Deveaux and her Chevrolet Cruze raced from being involved a crash near Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue and turned south on Collins Avenue. In the 1500 block of Collins, Deveaux smashed into a three-wheel motor scooter trying to make a U-turn.

This launched the scooter driver from the scooter, the report said. That person was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with brain bleeding is in a coma.

Meanwhile, Miami Beach traffic homicide investigator Leon Paige claimed Deveaux demonstrated “slurred speech, dry mouth, droopy eyelids, incoherence, very slow movements and a strong odor of smoked cannabis.”

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