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Nuris Better Strikes Catalina Gomez Pelaez in Fatal Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida Accident

Nuris Better struck Catalina Gomez Pelaez in a Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida accident on Tuesday, news sources report. The collision pinned 27-year-old Pelaez to a tree; she died at the scene. Better, 73, does not appear to have been injured in the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation, and it is currently unclear whether officers will charge Better. It is also unclear whether the victim’s survivors will file a suit.

According to reports, the accident occurred at Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s school off 139th Avenue and Southwest 112th Street. Both streets are relatively small, two-lane streets with dashed yellow lines separating their traffic lanes. At around 4:30 Tuesday evening, Pelaez was walking outside near the school, where she was headed to pick up a family member’s children.

For reason that are currently unknown, Better lost control of her vehicle and crashed into Pelaez. Sources say Better’s vehicle pinned Pelaez against a tree. Rescue crews had to remove the tree to free Pelaez, but the effort came too late. Pelaez died at the scene. The children were not with Pelaez at the time of the accident. “The children were in a building close by. At no time were they in any danger,” a police spokesperson said. Detectives are investigating the crash and have not said whether a medical problem or some other factor may have caused Better to lose control of her vehicle.

In other Southwest Miami-Dade news, two people were killed in a helicopter crash near the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport on Wednesday, reports say. The accident occurred when the helicopter crashed in a parking lot and caught fire. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available. The Federal Aviation Administration is currently conducting an investigation to discover the cause of the accident.

According to reports, the crash occurred at around noon Wednesday at a parking lot located two miles east of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. It is unclear who owned the helicopter or what its intended destination was. For reasons unknown, the helicopter crashed in the parking lot and immediately caught on fire. Both of the helicopter’s occupants were killed. Their identities are being withheld as police search for the victim’s next of kin.

Sources say the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. It is unclear whether the helicopter’s pilots sent any messages prior to the crash or if a mechanical failure may have been at fault.

In other accident-related news, Inmaru Wiggins was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of leaving the scene of a four-vehicle accident, reports indicate. Wiggins, 26, was booked into police custody on charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Details regarding the crash and whether anyone was injured were not immediately available Tuesday.

According to reports, the accident occurred Tuesday morning at Northwest 135th Street and Interstate 95. Sources say Wiggins was one of four drivers involved in the collision, the details of which are currently unknown. Following the crash, Wiggins allegedly fled the scene. Police caught up with and arrested him at 7th Avenue and Northwest 126th Street. It is not clear whether Wiggins caused the pileup.

Sources: 4.28.13 Southwest Miami-Dade Collision.pdf, 4.28.13 Miami Helicopter Crash.pdf, 4.28.13 North Miami Hit-and-Run.pdf.

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