Lisa Gail Quiggins of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Saturday for allegedly crashing into 21-month-old Isaac Cruz and then fleeing the scene, news sources report. Quiggins, 45, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation. It is also unclear whether Cruz’s family will file a suit.
According to reports, the hit-and-run occurred around 6:00 Tuesday evening at the victim’s apartment complex near Northeast 53rd Street and Northeast 18th Avenue. Cruz wandered into the street outside the apartment while Quiggins drove down the street in a red Volkswagen. She allegedly struck Cruz, then fled the scene.
Witness Bob Miller, who was driving behind Quiggins, reportedly witnessed the crash. “I saw the child [approaching the street] and began to slow down. The other car, the red VW in front of us, never saw the child or slowed down. I never saw brake lights until the collision. It was horrible.” Following the collision, Miller said, “The child was to the right, knocked back toward the parking lot but still in the road.” Miller watched as the Volkswagen fled the scene and decided to chase after it. “I don’t understand why they did this. They had to slow down, and I caught up enough to get the plate,”
Cruz was taken to a nearby hospital and was in stable condition. Reports say he sustained facial lacerations and head trauma. Police seized Quiggins’ Volkswagen following the crash, but did not make the arrest until a few days later. So far, it is unclear what circumstances led to her arrest.
Cars are not the only vehicles that can experience trouble. There were reported injuries after a fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, reports say. The fire occurred while the ship was en route to a port at CocoCay. None of the more than 2,000 guests were injured in the fire. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting an investigation to determine what started the blaze.
According to reports, the fire occurred on the Grandeur of the Seas, which had departed Boston for a seven-day trip to destinations including Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau in the Bahamas. There were 2,224 guests aboard the ship, as well as 796 crew members. The 917-foot cruise ship had recently undergone a $48 million restoration, reports say. “It’s a shame,” a spokesperson for a cruise booking site said. “The ship looked phenomenal. The good news is there were no injuries.”
Reports say the fire started at around 2:50 Monday morning on the ship’s third deck and quickly spread to the crew’s lounge on the fourth deck. “Around 3 a.m., we received a report of a fire aboard the cruise ship,” a coast guard spokesperson said. “Because this is a fire at sea, we respond to make sure everyone is OK.”
The coast guard pulled the ship to Freeport. The cruise has been cancelled, but Royal Caribbean International decided to give all of the guests a full refund. “We understand that this may have been a very stressful time for them. And we also know that it has significantly impacted their vacation experience,” a spokesperson for the cruise line said.