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Samuel Perez, Three Others Killed in Miami, Florida Parking Garage Collapse; Lawsuit Filed

Samuel Perez and three others were killed recently at a Miami, Florida parking garage construction site when the building collapsed, trapping the four workers in the rubble, news sources indicate. Now, Perez’s wife, Migdalia Lopez, has filed a lawsuit again the corporation responsible for the building construction, accusing them of gross negligence. It remains to be seen whether the families of the other deceased parties will be following suit.

Perez and the three others killed in the October 10 collapse were part of the construction crew building the garage for the Miami Dade College West. That day, four workers were in the partially completed parking garage, including 53-year-old Perez, reports say. Perez was behind the wheel of a cement truck when the parking garage collapsed, trapping him and the three other workers inside. Paramedics and emergency responders worked at freeing the trapped men for hours. In order to free Perez, rescue workers had to amputate his legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries; he died several hours after arriving at the hospital.

Reports say the parking garage was being built to serve the nearby Miami Dade College West campus. The campus originally opened in 2006 and started as a modified three-story office building. Over the years, the number of students attending the school grew from 150 to over 8,000. The rampant growth is what led to the construction of a new parking garage. According to reports, Ajax Building Corporation, among other organizations, was in charge of the building’s construction.

Two months after the fatal collapse, Migdalia Lopez, Perez’s widow, announced that she was filing a lawsuit against Ajax Building Corp and the other construction companies involved in the garage. The lawsuit claims the construction companies failed to keep up with safety standards and that they committed gross negligence and hurried the project along unsafely in order to meet their cutoff date. So far, the exact cause of the collapse is unknown; an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Thus far no criminal charges have been filed.

In other news, a man was pronounced dead Sunday in a Miami, Florida accident when his truck collided with a car on Red Road, reports indicate. The man was identified only as a 29-year-old from Miami; he was pronounced dead at the scene. Yarelys Ruiz, the driver of the car, sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment. An investigation into the crash is ongoing. At this point it is unclear whether alcohol or speed played a role in the collision.

Reports say the accident occurred around 6:30 Sunday morning as the unidentified man’s Chevy Cobalt traveled along Northwest 186th Street. He reached a nearby intersection and was attempting to turn onto Red Road when Ruiz’s Infinity Q45 collided with him. The FHP reported that neither driver was wearing their safety belts when the accident occurred.

Paramedics arrived on the scene following the crash and rushed Ruiz to the Memorial Regional Hospital with critical injuries. The unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the collisions remains ongoing and it is unclear whether Ruiz or the unidentified driver had the right of way at the intersection.

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