Esther, Franklin, and Adriana Diaz were killed in Miami, Florida along with Raul Herberto Ortega Arias after Arias lost control of his van, according to local news reports. A fourth Diaz, 10-year-old Magdeline, is reportedly in the hospital in critical condition. It remains unclear whether anyone will be pursuing legal damages in the tragic accident.
According to news reports, the Diaz family was leaving a Marlins game in Miami on Saturday evening when the car accident occurred. The collision occurred at around 7:00 in the evening, after the Marlins reached a victory against the Philadelphia Philies. Arias, 67, was driving a red Dodge minivan in near an apartment building located at 1760 Northwest 7th Street, just one block away from the Marlins stadium, when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The cause of his loss of control remains under investigation, although sources indicate that the accident may have been caused by a medical emergency such as a heart attack.
The minivan ended up running over a curb, through a metal handrail, and over the four pedestrians before crashing into the apartment building. 53-year-old Esther Diaz, 14-year-old Franklin Diaz, 13-year-old Adriana Diaz, and 10-year-old Magdeline Diaz were transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital along with Arias. A bicyclist was also involved in the collision, though sources indicate that he was not seriously hurt and it is not clear whether he required hospitalization. Another unnamed member of the Diaz family, who was physically unharmed in the incident, was also hospitalized for emotional trauma after witnessing the accident.
Esther, Franklin, Adriana, and Arias were all pronounced dead at the hospital. Magdeline remains in critical condition and is still receiving care. Esther, Franklin, and Magdeline were reportedly visiting fro their home in Lawrenceville, Georgia; Esther was the children’s grandmother. Adriana Diaz was visiting from the Dominican Republic, sources indicate.
Meanwhile, another car accident in Catonment, Florida injured three on Saturday after a man allegedly swerved into another lane, sending another vehicle into a ditch. Tyler Moore, 20, was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane in connection to the accident. He, his 17-year-old sister Kayla Moore, and 31-year-old Davis Karrick were transported to local hospitals after suffering various injuries. It remains to be seen whether Karrick will press legal charges against Moore for the accident.
News sources indicate that the accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning on Highway 297A in Cantonment, near the intersection of Pine Forest Road and Nine Mile Road. Moore allegedly swerved into a neighboring lane while driving his 2003 Toyota Tundra east on the highway. It remains unclear what caused Moore to allegedly swerve.
Moore ended up striking a 200 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Karrick. Karrick was sent off of the road and ended up trapped in his vehicle in a ditch next to the highway. He was extricated after a 45-minute operation involving a Special Operations team from Escambia Fire Rescue and taken to Sacred Heart Hospital via helicopter. He reportedly remains in critical condition there.
The Moore siblings were taken to West Florida Hospital. Kayla suffered from minor injuries, while her brother was reported to be seriously injured. Their current conditions are not known.