Barbara Rubenstein of Miami, Florida died Thursday after she was struck by a bus while crossing a road in Aventura, news sources indicate. Rubenstein, 87, was pronounced dead at the scene. So far, no criminal charges have been filed; the FHP continues to investigate the accident. Reports indicate that a faulty red light located near an intersection where Rubenstein was struck may be a contributing factor in the deadly crash. Whether her loved ones will file a lawsuit against the city of Miami remains to be seen.
Reports say Rubenstein was returning home on foot from a Publix grocery mart when she was hit. Around 6:00 Thursday evening, she was crossing a portion of North East 199th Street near 29th Place when a bus struck her. She died of her injuries at the scene.
According to reports, a nearby red light had been out during the accident and was replaced following the collision. An investigation is underway to determine if the broken light played a role in the collision and if the driver of the bus, who remains unnamed, is at fault. If the light is found to be at fault, Miami may well be facing legal action from Rubenstein's family.
In other accident-related news, Marc Jeff of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was killed in a Dania Beach accident when his car collided with the side of a hotel, reports indicate. Jeff, 38, was rushed to the Memorial Regional Hospital, where he died of critical injuries. No one staying at the hotel was injured. An investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing; some reports suggest that drug use may have been a factor.
Sources say the accident occurred at a Motel 6 located at 825 East Dania Beach Boulevard in Dania Beach. Around 6:00 Friday morning, Jeff was traveling on a street near the motel in his beige Lincoln when, for reasons not yet known, he crashed into the side of the motel.
Paramedics arrived on the scene following the crash and transported Jeff to the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Police then searched Jeff's car for clues and reportedly found some crack cocaine stashed in the vehicle, reports say. It is not yet known whether Jeff was under the influence of the drug when the crash occurred. According to reports, Jeff suffers from a number of health conditions, including heart murmurs and hypertension, that may have also played a role in the crash.
Guests in the hotel described the crash to reporters. "I was sleeping in [Room] 121. Never heard a thing. They just woke me up," one guest said, "They just wanted me to get out." An engaged couple staying at the hotel also described the crash and said they were "sleeping 10 feet behind this wreck. We slept through the wreck and then woke up to get ready for the wedding."
Following the crash, inspectors had to examine the building's structure to ensure it was stable. It is unclear whether the building was determined to be safe or if structural repairs will be needed before it reopens.