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North Miami, Florida Collision Kills One and Sends Two to the Hospital

A North Miami, Florida collision involving a car and a truck killed one person and sent two others to the hospital on Friday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are still investigating the crash, which was reportedly caused when one of the drivers ran a stop sign. It is unclear whether any of the victims or the survivors of the deceased will file for damages.

According to reports, the incident occurred Friday evening at the intersection of Northeast 10th Avenue and Northeast 142nd Street. The intersection is a two-way stop for drivers on Northeast 142nd Street. Sources say that a driver and a passenger were in a Buick. There appears to have been only one person in the other vehicle, a pickup truck.

Reports say the two vehicles met at the intersection. One of the vehicles allegedly proceeded from Northeast 142nd Street and failed to stop at the stop sign there, causing the collision. Following the accident, the Buick became so engulfed in flames that witnesses were unable to get the passenger out in time. The Buick’s passenger reportedly died while inside the car.

The two drivers were air-rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center; an update on their condition was not immediately available at press time. Detectives are currently going over the details of the accident and have not said whether speed, alcohol, or distraction led to the collision.

While most South Florida accident fatalities occur on the road, sometimes they happen right outside the home. A 21-year-old employee of Tim Graboski Roofing Inc. was killed Thursday after a ladder he was lifting bumped into a power line, reports say. The man was pronounced dead at an area hospital; he identity has not yet been released to the public. Police are currently conducting an investigation, and charges may be pending. It is unclear whether the man’s surviving family will file a suit.

According to reports, the victim worked for Tim Graboski Roofing Inc., a roofing company based out of Delray Beach. OHSA records indicate that the company has been fined on two separate occasions, once for $6,300 for an in incident regarding fall protection and again for $9,000 for a repeat offense regarding fall protection. The details of those incidents were not clear at press time. So far, the company has remained mum regarding this latest tragedy.

On Thursday, the victim was at a home on Spanish River Road in Boca Raton finishing a re-roofing project. While sources say there were no witnesses to the incident, the victim reportedly was in the process of lifting a 32-foot ladder when the ladder made contact with power lines. The contact caused an electrical current to travel down the ladder and electrocute the victim.

The victim was taken to the Delray Medical Center at around 12 p.m. Sadly, he was pronounced dead shortly after. Boca Raton Crime Scene investigators and detectives with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the home investigating after the incident.

Sources: 6.29.13 North Miami Collision.pdf, 6.30.13 Electrocution.pdf.

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