A Miami, Florida pedestrian was killed Thursday after a vehicle struck him at an intersection next to the Miami-Dade College medical campus, news sources report. All that is known about the pedestrian is that he is supposedly a man in his 40s. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the fatal crash. The driver, who has not been publicly identified, has not yet been charged. It is unclear whether the victim’s family will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of Northwest 20th Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue, which is regulated by a traffic light. Sources say the intersection is located next to the Miami Dade College medical campus. The collision occurred around 7:20 Thursday evening; it was not immediately clear whether the victim was in the act of crossing the road at the time and, if so, who had the right of way.
Reports say a doctor and nurse at the campus rushed to the victim’s aid. Rescue workers then transported the victim to the Ryder Trauma Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, sources indicate. Sadly, the victim reportedly died of his injuries shortly after arriving to the medical center.
The driver remained at the crash site and cooperated with investigators, reports say. The driver was reportedly not hurt in the accident. Police closed down the intersection for several hours while traffic homicide detectives investigated the scene of the crash.
Each year, over a thousand pedestrians are injured by vehicles in Miami-Dade County. According to records by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 1,306 pedestrians were injured and 76 were killed in car crashes in Miami-Dade County in 2010. The number of injuries was down from 2009, which had 1,390 reported injuries; however, fatalities were up (only 65 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2009, records show).
Pedestrian fatalities can happen at any time. Earlier this month, Deerfield Beach resident Edward Thomas was apprehended after he reportedly drove into pedestrian Jorge Escalante and neglected to stop, sources report. Escalante, 29, later died from injuries sustained in the collision, sources report. Thomas, 30, was taken into police custody on charges of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injuries and driving with a suspended license. Reports did not say whether he made bail or hired legal representation.
Based on reports, the crash happened around 3 am. Sunday within the 800 block of West Sample Road. Reports say Escalante was walking from the north side of the road to the south side when he was struck by Thomas’s 1995 Toyota Camry. It is not yet known whether Escalante was crossing legally, nor is it known how visibility is in that area at night.
Thomas fled the scene following the accident, sources allege. Sadly, Escalante reportedly died of his injuries at the crash site. Detectives later recovered a rear-view mirror left at the scene during the accident. A car matching the mirror was discovered sometime later.
At some point, Thomas turned himself over to the police, saying he wanted to give a statement, sources report. He was arrested soon afterwards.