Evens Prudent of Miami, Florida crashed into Maria Martinez and Marlon Gutierrez on Sunday, news sources report. Martinez, 44, and Gutierrez, 34, were pronounced dead at the scene. Prudent, 26, sustained injuries and is receiving treatment at an area hospital; police have reportedly determined that Prudent was under the influence at the time of the crash. Prudent will be booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on unspecified charges after he is released from the hospital. It is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
According to reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of 8th Street and 37th Avenue in Miami. Sources say the intersection is governed by a traffic light. At around 1:20 Sunday morning, Martinez and Gutierrez’s car was stopped for a red light at the intersection. Prudent approached the scene, failed to stop for the traffic light, and crashed into Martinez and Gutierrez’s vehicle, sources report.
Martinez and Gutierrez were pronounced dead at the scene. Prudent was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital; he sustained non-life threatening injuries, reports say. Detectives from the Traffic Homicide Unit began investigating the accident and discovered that Prudent was under the influence of alcohol the morning of the accident. His BAC at the time of the accident has not yet been released.
Miami-Dade County is one of Florida’s most established counties and has a large number of busy streets. As such, Miami-Dade is host to thousands of car accidents every year. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 43,260 traffic crashes in Miami-Dade in 2010. Of those crashes, 1,588 were caused by drunk driving, the FLHSMV indicates. Sources show that 43 people (17% of all Miami fatal crash victims) died in Miami-Dade DUI crashes that year.
Prudent was not the only South Florida man suspected of driving under the influence this past week. Gary Steven Cook of Palm Harbor was involved in a three-car collision on Wednesday after he drunkenly crashed into two cars, attempted to flee police, and punched a firefighter, reports say. Thankfully, no one appears to have been injured in the altercation. Cook was later arrested on charges of driving under the influence and battery on a firefighter. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond or hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 4:30 Wednesday evening near the intersection of Court Street and Myrtle Avenue in Clearwater. Cook was traveling in the southbound lanes of Myrtle Avenue in his truck when he collided with two cars, reports say. Police arrived and Cook purportedly attempted to escape. “He hit the gas trying to get away, [but instead] tore up the pavement,” a police spokesperson said. The alleged escape attempt left a hole in the road.
After Cook came to a stop, firefighter Ron Neuberger approached Cook’s truck and reached through the window to check if the ignition was off. Cook punched the firefighter as he reached in the window, reports say. Myrtle lane was closed following the crash as officials made repairs to the hole allegedly left by Cook’s tire.