Edward Barralaga was killed in a Davie, Florida car accident with Lauren Kaye Sculthorpe on Wednesday, news sources report. The accident reportedly occurred when Sculthorpe’s vehicle rear-ended Barralaga’s pickup truck. Barralaga, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene; Sculthorpe, 22, walked away from the accident uninjured. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation to determine what caused the fatal crash. It is unclear whether police will press charges or if Barralaga’s family will file a suit.
According to reports, the accident took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 at the Sheridan Street exit. The exit ramp leading up to Sheridan Street is a large loop; drivers entering the loop are warned to lower their speeds and drive with caution. Barralaga may have been slowing down to enter the loop at the time of the crash.
The collision occurred shortly before 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Sources say Sculthorpe’s vehicle rear-ended Barralaga’s pickup truck near the exit. It is not clear what kind of vehicle Sculthrope was driving. The force of the collision caused Barralaga’s truck to leave the interstate and flip completely over. The truck came to a rest on the shoulder of the exit ramp, reports say.
Barralaga was pronounced dead at the scene. Sculthorpe was uninjured, sources say. The FHP is still investigating the collision. So far, there have been no indications of whether charges will be filed.
In other news, a 22-year-old Miami woman narrowly escaped death Sunday after she jumped off a causeway bridge and nearly drowned, reports indicate. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. She was in serious but stable condition following the plunge. Police say the victim was not attempting to harm herself by jumping; instead, she may have been coerced into doing so. No charges have been filed.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 6:00 Sunday evening at the William Powell Bridge over the Rickenbacker Causeway. Witnesses near the scene said that the victim climbed up onto the bridges shoulder and that others were cheering for her to jump, reports say. The victim then leaped from the bridge and plummeted 50 feet into the water below.
“[The victim] landed [in the water] on her back,” a police spokesperson said. She then apparently had trouble staying above water. Luckily, a trained snorkeler near the scene saw the victim jump from the bridge. The snorkeler swam to the victim and helped her get to shore. The snorkeler, like the victim, remains anonymous at this time.
Miami Fire Rescue assisted in the victims rescue. She was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital. “[The victim] was talking to us and was stable, but we didn’t want to take any chances on her condition,” a police spokesperson said.
Police began an investigation to determine whether the victim had jumped as an attempt at suicide. However, detectives soon learned that the victim’s friends might have dared her to jump from the bridge. The friends allegedly cheered the victim to jump moments before the plunge. However, malicious intent is not suspected in the incident.