Gilda Abolafia Killed, Murray Abolafia Injured in Brevard County, Florida Car Crash

July 12, 2013

By Elaina Robbins on July 12, 2013 11:43 AM |

Gilda Abolafia was killed and Murray Abolafia injured in a single-car crash in Brevard County, Florida on Sunday, news sources report. Gilda, 77, was pronounced dead following the accident; Murray, 78, is in serious condition at an area hospital. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what caused the crash. So far, it is unclear whether there will be any charges.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 3:30 Sunday Morning in north Brevard County. Murray was behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry, with Gilda in the passenger's seat, driving northbound on Interstate 95. While the details surrounding the accident are still murky, reports say Murray lost control of his vehicle. The Camry reportedly veered off the road and crashed into a large tree.

Gilda was taken to the Parrish Medical Center, where, sadly, she succumbed to her injuries. Murray was transported to the Homes Regional Hospital in serious condition; an update on his injuries was not available at press time. So far, it is unclear what factors may have led to the accident.

Unfortunately, there have been several car accident fatalities in the area this week. A Miami man was killed after he lost consciousness and drove into a tax office Thursday, sources report. Information regarding the victim's identity was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led the accident. Police may also be searching for a suspect who allegedly stole the victim's cell phone right after the crash.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 7:00 Thursday morning on Northwest 17th Street in Miami. The victim was behind the wheel of his car at a red light on 54th Street moments before the crash. Witnesses purportedly said it appeared the victim was acting strange and may have been having a medical problem, though further details were unavailable. When the light turned green, the victim proceeded north on Northwest 17th Avenue.

While the details are still hazy, sources say the victim lost control of his car and crashed into a tax office alongside of the street. The tax office was closed at the time, so no one in the building was hurt, according to reports. As people rushed to help the man, at least one witness claimed that a passerby stole the victim's cellphone and fled the scene. It is not clear whether authorities have any leads as to the identity of the purported thief.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash moments later. A medical examiner will determine the cause of the man's death and, possibly, whether a foreign substance or a medical condition led to the crash, according to reports. Sources indicate that detectives on the scene were inspecting the road outside of the office and did not find skid marks, which are a sign of an attempt to correct the car's direction.

"I'm really sorry for him," the building's owner said about the victim, who is reportedly an area resident. "Not for the building, for him." It remains to be seen how the impact affected the tax office's structural integrity.

Sources: 7.11.13 Abolafia Crash.pdf, 7.11.13 Miami Building Collision.pdf.