A Miami Gardens, Florida car crash sent three pedestrians to the hospital Friday, news sources report. Information regarding the victim's identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident and have not said whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred Friday morning near the red light intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 207th Street. The three victims, an elderly man and woman and a younger man, were sitting at a bus stop not far from the intersection. Sources say an SUV was making a left turn at the intersection when a Honda Civic ran a red light and rear-ended the SUV.
The collision caused both drivers to lose control of their vehicles. The Civic veered off the road and struck the bus stop benches, injuring the three victims who were sitting there. It is not yet known whether the drivers were injured.
A witness to the accident told reporters that the three victims were regulars at the bus stop. The two oldest victims at the bus stop were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries; an update on their condition was not immediately available at press time. It is not clear whether the third victim was treated at a hospital.
In other news, Kleber Barbosa Peres was killed on Saturday after he allegedly drove his motorcycle into the path of a vehicle driven by Tsai Kuei Chen, reports say. Peres, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene; his passenger, Alves, 30, sustained minor injuries. Police have opened an investigation into the accident and have not yet announced whether charges or citations will be filed. There have also been no indications of a lawsuit.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 1:05 Saturday morning on Interstate 95 near Linton Boulevard. Peres was southbound on I-95 with his passenger, 30-year-old Viviane Rodrigues Alves, when he attempted to change lanes. Sources say that as Peres changed lanes, he veered into the path of Chen's 2009 Toyota. Chen struck Peres and Alves from behind; the collision ejected both victims from the motorcycle and sent Peres onto the hood of Chen's truck.
Reports say Peres was pronounced dead at the scene. Alves sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Delray Medical Center. Chen was not injured in the crash. So far, no charges have been filed, although police continue to investigate the accident. Neither Chen nor Alves was available to comment on the accident.
Florida's warm climate makes it a common place for motorcyclists - and, unfortunately, motorcycle accidents. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 525 motorcycle accidents in Broward County in 2010. 21 people died in those accidents, records show. The FLHSMV shows that Miami-Dade County had even more accidents that Broward that year - 626, with 30 fatalities. Wearing helmets and practicing defensive driving are recommended for motorcyclists.