Jason Santamaria, 5, Dies in Homestead, Florida Car Accident; Gregoria Saucedo Arrested

April 24, 2012

By Elaina Robbins on April 24, 2012 4:41 AM |

Jason Santamaria, 5, died in a Homestead car accident that also injured Florencia Tarrau and Nicolas Ramirez, according to the Homestead police department. Gregoria Saucedo, 63, was uninjured in the accident and was charged with failing to failing to yield during a left hand turn resulting in a fatality and driving with an invalid drivers license in connection to the crash.

Saucedo was arrested and booked at Miami-Dade County Jail. It is not clear whether she has been granted bail bond or has retained a private criminal defense attorney. It is similarly unclear whether Jason Santamaria's family or the injured parties are seeking the services of a personal injury lawyer.

According to the accident report, the collision occurred on Monday a few minutes before 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Campbell Drive and Kingman Road. Florencia Tarrau, 76, was reportedly driving a red Toyota sedan with Jason Santamaria buckled into the passenger seat. Tarrau, 76, is the boy's great aunt and was babysitting him at the time of the accident.

The accident report indicates that as Tarrau headed east on Campbell Drive, Gregoria attempted to turn her pickup truck onto Kingman road and clipped the Toyota in the process. The Toyota was shoved into the westbound lane of Campbell Drive, where Nicolas Ramirez, who was driving west in his Kia, struck the vehicle head-on.

Jason Santamaria is believed to have been declared dead at the scene of the accident. Tarrau and Ramierz were transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center for treatment, where Tarrau remains in critical condition. Ramirez is in fair condition, according to hospital records, though it is not clear when he will be released.

Police have indicated that Santamaria should have been in a booster seat because the seat belt was resting across his neck rather than his chest. However, child seats are not obligatory by Florida law for children over three years of age, and Santamaria was bucked in as required by law. Tarrau, therefore, will not be facing charges for not placing Santamaria in a booster seat.

When asked for a driver's license and identification, Saucedo was reportedly only able to produce a Mexican passport. She is not licensed to drive in the United States, although it is unknown if she is licensed to drive in Mexico. Saucedo has not commented publicly on the incident.

Another recent car accident fatality was that of Gloria Hart, an 86-year-old Lake Worth resident. Hart was reportedly killed in an accident near the intersection of Lawrence Road and Old Boynton Road in Lake Worth. According to the accident report, Hart's husband, 68-year-old Robert Hart, was driving a 2011 Nissan Murano through the intersection at Old Boynton Road when Maria Carrion, 57, ran a red light in her 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and struck the side of the Hart's vehicle. The impact sent the Nissan off of the road, where it hit several tree groves before coming to rest on the side of the road.

Gloria Hart was transported to Delray Medical Center following the accident, where she was pronounced dead. It is not clear where Robert Hart and Maria Carrion were taken for treatment, but both sustained serious injuries in the accident, according to reports. It is not clear whether their conditions have improved. No charges have yet been filed as police continue to investigate the accident.