Johana Arias was killed in a Miami-Dade, Florida when she and Noemi Hernandez got into a car accident, news sources indicate. Arias, 18, had four passengers in her vehicle at the time of the accident, all of whom are believed to have been injured. No charges have been filed as authorities continue to investigate the collision.
Sources indicate that the accident took place at 1:22 a.m. at the intersection of Southwest 87th Avenue and Southwest 52nd Street in Miami-Dade, Florida. Arias had just spoken to her mother, who had told her to come home because it was late. Arias, who had four friends in her mother’s Honda Accord, was reportedly doing just that when the accident occurred. She was making a left turn onto Southwest 87th Avenue when Hernandez, 45, drove her Chevy Blazer into the middle of the Accord, T-boning it. Press reports indicate that Hernandez had the right of way.
It is not clear how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the collision, but the vehicles became so fused together due to the force of the crash that emergency workers had to use heavy machinery for around 30 minutes to free the victims. Florida Highway Patrol officials have not indicated that either driver is under suspicion of having consumed alcohol before the accident.
The injured parties were taken to Kendall Regional Medical center for treatment, including Hernandez, who suffered from a broken leg. Two of Arias’ passengers, 18-year-old Korrinne Rabassa and 19-year-old Tony Rodriguez, were publicly identified and are expected to survive. The two other passengers of the Accord were not named, likely because they may be minors, but are also reportedly expected to survive. Arias, however, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. She was apparently not wearing her seatbelt when the accident occurred. It is not known whether the other victims were wearing their seatbelts.
Arias, unfortunately, was not the only South Floridian to lose her life this week. On Sunday, Stuart Chase Barber and Gabriel Carlos Gonzalez of Key West, Florida were killed when their boat hit a bridge piling and propelled them into the water. The accident is currently under investigation, and no charges have yet been filed.
According to news reports, the accident occurred on Sunday evening at around 10. Barber and Gonzalez were reportedly headed in from the ocean in a 1998 flats fish and bay skiff with a 150-horsepower engine at the time. Barber was reportedly the owner of the ship, on which Gonzalez is believed to have been a guest. While attempting to come closer to shore, the boat slammed into a Lower Keys bridge piling at a high rate of speed. The reason for the accident, whether limited visibility or some other factor, is not entirely clear.
A fisherman called in the accident and the U.S. Coast Guard responded immediately. Sources indicate that Barber died instantly. Emergency rescue workers recovered his body at around 11:20 that night. Gonzalez was found alive an hour earlier and taken to Ryder Trauma Center, where he passed away from his injures at around 6 in the morning on Monday.