Hector Seiglie, a Miami, Florida firefighter, was injured Monday after a truck reportedly attempted a left-hand turn and crashed into his motorcycle, news sources report. Seiglie, 51, was critically injured. Information regarding the other driver’s identity was not immediately available at press time. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident and have not yet filed charges. So far, it is unclear whether Seiglie will file for damages.
According to reports, Seiglie has been with the Miami Fire Department for 22 years; sources indicate he may currently work for a dive team at Fire Station #5 in Miami. Off-duty, Seiglie is a father of three children; his loved ones describe him as a loving man who on occasion tends to be a thrill-seeker. “He loves to try new things and he’s just a great guy,” Seiglie’s brother told the press.
The accident occurred at around 6:00 Monday morning as Seiglie was riding his motorcycle to Fire Station #5. “He was driving into work and a truck turned left into him on Dixie Highway and 22nd Avenue,” Seiglie’s brother reportedly said. Seiglie was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision, but the impact of the crash still knocked him unconscious.
Seiglie was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors discovered that he had sustained severe internal injuries in the crash. Sources say Seiglie’s condition remained critical throughout the day. “We’d like to see him recover and get well and he has our support,” a firefighter spokesperson said.
Dixie Highway and 22nd Avenue is a complex intersection that is often bustling with traffic. As with most intersections, it is a particularly dangerous place for driver distraction. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looked over 2,188,969 reported car crashes and found that 36% occurred at intersections. The study attributed many of these accidents to left turns, since such turns often leave the driver with an obstructed view. Some drivers also misjudge their speed while turning left, which can very quickly lead to an accident, the study said.
While intersections can be dangerous places, interstates can be equally as deadly. Jose Darca was killed in a Gainesville interstate accident after the SUV he was riding in veered of the road and struck two trees, reports say. Passengers Valentin Martinez Manuel and Adan Plataz were injured in the crash; the SUV’s driver, Luis Hernan Cruz-Aleman, appears to have been uninjured. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the accident.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 6:00 Tuesday evening during a heavy rainstorm. Aleman and his passengers, Darca, Manuel, and Plataz were traveling down the center lane of Interstate 75. For reasons that may be attributed to the weather, Aleman lost control of his SUV and veered off the road. The SUV struck two trees and rolled over.
Darca, who was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected during the crash and died at the scene. Manuel and Plataz were taken to the UF Health Shands Hospital; an update on their condition was not immediately available at press time. The FHP is still investigating the accident.