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Best Valentine’s Day Happenings in Miami

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to start planning. How will you be entertaining your sweetheart this holiday? If you live in or around Miami, you have no excuse for staying in. There are dozens of things that you can get yourself into this year, and you can make a lasting impression on your loved one to boot.

If you are still looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day, we have put together a great list of suggestions for you and yours. We asked around the office, and here are the suggestions that our team has provided.

1. Concert at Fairchild Garden

If music is your thing, you will not be disappointed by the amazing voice of Renee Olstead. She will be performing at Fairchild Garden on Valentine’s Day. Not only is the beautiful woman an amazing actress but she is a fantastic singer.

Pack a picnic full of your loved one’s favorite goodies and head over to the park. If you are a park member, you can score tickets for $60. If you would like a more private affair with a candle-lit dinner and reserved seating, $175 will get you exactly what you are looking for. The event opens at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00.

2. Chocolate Pampering

No one said that chocolate has to be eaten to be enjoyed. Why not treat your baby to a chocolate treatment at the Aquanox Spa at Trump International Beach Resort? A dark chocolate facial pampers and a hot chocolate massage relaxes. Ease your loved one’s muscles with a day of varying massage techniques. A couples’ massage with truffles and champagne is only $290.

3. Weekend Getaway

Don’t spend another boring weekend in the house. You and your honey can escape for two days to the Fisher Island Club. Enjoy modern cuisine, sandy beaches and private terraces. A simply amazing meal

College Student Charged in Miami Crash

MIAMI, Fla. – A car crash on December 27, 2015 took the life of Pablo Sanchez, Jr., 20, and a college student is now facing charges of DUI manslaughter.

According to reports, Alexander Chica, 21, told police he had been drinking at Sidebar lounge prior to the crash. He admitted to having consumed three alcoholic beverages. It is an interesting turn of events in the story that has drawn headlines for close to a month. The victim’s family has also filed suit against Uber, even though the Uber driver has not been found at fault in the crash.

Authorities say that Sanchez and a few friends hired an Uber driver after a night on the town. The group of friends was picked up at close to 5 a.m. on the morning of the accident. The driver was making a left turn at a blinking yellow light when Chica ran through the intersection and into the SUV carrying the friends. It is estimated that Chica was driving at rates topping 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The impact of the collision caused the SUV to flip over and hit a concrete wall. Both vehicles involved in the crash burst into flames. Sanchez was killed in the accident.

It is expected that attorneys for both sides will present arguments for exactly who is to blame for the crash. According to Chica’s attorney, he had the right of way and speeding is not grounds for a DUI manslaughter charge.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, call our offices today. A member of our team will review the details of your case at no charge and advise you as to the best way to proceed. Reach out to our personal injury attorneys now.

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Miami Accident Sets Fire to Surrounding Vehicles

MIAMI, Fla – An overnight accident in Miami took the life of a driver and damaged several other vehicles.

According to reports of the incident, a vehicle was traveling on Southwest Third Avenue in a northbound direction. The driver of the car lost control and crashed into several cars parked along the side of the street. The vehicle immediately burst into flames, and the crash killed the driver on impact. The Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene quickly but was unable to save the life of the driver.

Approximately five other cars ended up in flames because of the accident. Witnesses in nearby apartments stated that they heard what sounded like an explosion before running from their homes to see what had happened. One person said, “We thought it was a bomb. Because I never heard like a crash. I just heard an explosion go off.”

People tried to put out the flames with extinguishers but were unable to do so. Flames were estimated to reach heights of close to 20 feet.

Several cars in the area were damaged, but no one was injured. The woman who was killed in the accident has not been identified by police at this time. The incident is currently under investigation as police attempt to determine what caused the crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call our team of experienced personal injury attorneys and let us review the details of your case. We will help you determine the best steps to take as you work to restore order to your life. Call now.

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Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Last Wednesday turned tragic for a family of four traveling on Interstate 95 near Miami Gardens Drive.

Joe Sanchez, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, reported that Alexandra Lefler, a 23-year-old woman from California, was traveling the wrong way in the express lane. She sideswiped one car on the highway before hitting a second car head on. Lefler died in the accident as did four people in the second vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle, Miguel Gil, 47, had just picked up family members at the airport along with his mother, 71-year-old Gisela Egui Hernandez. His sister and brother-in-law had flown in from Connecticut. Gisela Gil Egui, 48, and her husband, Jose Martin Labrado, 47, both worked for colleges.

Authorities say that it is not clear where Lefler entered the highway or just how long she had been traveling in the wrong direction. It is known that she was seen and reported just before 1:00 a.m. Two of those who died were ejected from the backseat of the vehicle.

Sanchez said, “In many occasions, it’s people that are probably either drunk, or on drugs or they just basically aren’t from the area and they make a wrong turn and don’t read the signs.”

It is unknown at the time whether alcohol played a factor in the crash.

Others injured include Katherine Walsh, 27, and Nameer Khattab, 58. Both were treated for their injuries at local hospitals and released.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our team of personal injury attorneys is here for you. Call our offices today to speak with a member of our team at no cost to you. We are here to assist you as you work to put the pieces of your life back together. Call now.

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Man Sentenced to 22 Years for DUI Manslaughter

MIAMI, Fla. – On a fateful night in June of 2013, Ervens Prudent attended a friend’s wedding. At that wedding, Prudent got drunk and chose to drive home. It is a decision that he will be forced to live with for the rest of his life.

As a result of his choice, Prudent ended the lives of two people in a fiery car crash. Prudent was recently found guilty of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Following his release, Prudent will spend eight years on probation. The man, 29, will be 51 years old when he can once again call himself a free man.

According to reports, Prudent was attending a wedding at the Coral Gables Country Club. He drank vodka and champagne, and claimed to not have been impaired when he left the celebration. Prudent claimed that he fell asleep while driving.

Unfortunately for Prudent, video footage obtained shows him driving down Eighth Street just moments before the crash and in full control of his vehicle. Evidence was also presented showing Prudent to have had a blood alcohol content of .115, well over the legal limit of .08.

Judge de la O said, “Mr. Prudent, you were in complete control of your car in the seconds before the accident…he could not have been asleep at the time of the crash.” The judge also told Prudent during his sentencing, “You had many choices that night. You could have taken a cab. You could have called Uber. You were surrounded by friends at this wedding. You could have asked any of them to take you home.”

If you have been involved in a car accident due to a drunk driver, please call our offices today. We will review the details of your case at no cost to you. Our team of personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you are entitled to by

Miami Officer Hurt in Accident

MIAMI, FLA — It is not only the private citizen that can be involved in a car crash.

Saturday, an officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department was involved in an accident on Okeechobee Road. According to official reports, the officer was crossing through the intersection at NW 138th Street and Okeechobee Road when he was struck by a woman attempting to make a turn.

The woman, identified as Anibal Martinez, 44, was transported to Palmetto Hospital after the accident. She was looked at for leg pain but did not have other injuries listed.

Officer James Boone, 47, was transported to Ryder Trauma Center. The officer received both an MRI and a CAT scan to determine if he had any spinal injuries. Doctors were also looking for a broken clavicle. The police K9, also riding in the car, was taken to Knowles Animal Hospital and released.

When driving, always be sure that an intersection is clear before you attempt to turn. Accidents like this are easily avoided when people pay attention to their surroundings. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in this incident, but things could have turned out much differently for any of the people, or animals, involved.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what you receive from your insurance company. Call our team of personal injury attorneys today and let us review the facts of your case. We will tell you if you should move forward in seeking compensation. Call us now.

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Students Injured in Accident

MIAMI, FLA – A car and a van collided Wednesday afternoon in Miami. As a result of the accident, one man was killed and more than 10 students were injured. Two of the students hurt sustained injuries labeled as critical.

According to investigative reports, the incident occurred just after noon in the intersection of 35th Avenue and Northwest Seventh Street. The student had just been dismissed from morning session.

The students were traveling east on Seventh Street enroute to Pollo Tropical for lunch. Eight students were riding in a Mazda MPA van, being driven by an 18-year-old student from Green Springs. A Nissan Sentra was attempting to turn left onto 35th Avenue when the two vehicles crashed into one another. The van flipped, and other cars near the intersection were hit.

The van flipped because the student who was driving swerved in an attempt to avoid the Nissan. The unstable van flipped onto its side. Following the crash, several students ran to help the elderly couple in the Nissan. The driver of the Nissan, an 80-year-old man, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Two students were critically injured, but most of the young people transported were simply taken for observation. As of last week, the police had not released the names of the elderly couple nor of the students involved in the crash.

Jose Sanchez, a witness to the accident, said, “It’s very sad. It’s overwhelming to see a gentleman just involved in an accident. You don’t like to witness those type of things.”

If you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to get you the compensation you may be entitled to by law. Call our offices today for a free case evaluation. We are ready to put our experience to work for you. Call now.

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New Honorary Member of Miami Fire Rescue

MIAMI, FLA – With so much news about animals attacking humans, it is nice to hear of a feel-good story every now and then. That is exactly what the city of Miami was treated to last Monday morning.

One lucky area family will be able to adopt a new kitten thanks to city firefighters.

Now named Storm, the tiny kitten was stuck in a storm drain at Ninth Avenue and Northwest 30th Street. Firefighters had a hard time seeing the kitten because she was wedged in a small pipe within the drain. Responders first tried to flush the kitten out with a bit of water but were unsuccessful.

Javier Corrales, one of the firefighters responding to the scene, said, “Today, we had a call about a cat stuck in a drain. We came out and used our resources, and we were luckily able to get her out.”

After initially trying to rinse the kitten from the drain, firefighters decided to use a bit more water. The flood of water scared the kitten into exiting out the other side of the pipe. According to the firefighters, the entire ordeal was over in about 20 minutes. Storm is doing well now and will soon be ready to go home to her forever family.

Kris Gurucharri, a paramedic/firefighter, may want to think about a career in veterinary medicine. She syringe fed the animal a bit of kitten formula to perk her up. She also gave the kitten a bath to clean the remnants of the storm drain out of her fur. Healthy and adorable, Storm would undoubtedly thank the people who saved her life if she was able.

If you have been injured, please contact our offices so that we can assist you. We will review the facts of your case at no cost to you, and we will advise you how to best proceed. We are here for you. Call now.

Florida Students Injured in Cuba

MIAMI, FLA – An international vacation should be exciting. Visiting family is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable. Unfortunately for a pair of travelers, plans changed drastically after a car accident left one of them stranded.

Barbara Jimenez and her boyfriend, John Fox, were in Cuba visiting the woman’s parents. While in the country, the two were involved in a car accident. Jimenez, who lives in Tampa, was unable to return to the United States because she does not have insurance. According to her family, flying her back in her current condition would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Fox, on the other hand, was transported by air to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is hospitalized and recovering from injuries sustained in the crash. Jimenez is hospitalized in Cuba, where her parents traveled to be with her. “I wish we could take her back,” said Jorge Jimenez, the woman’s father. “I feel so frustrated. The truth is this is the hardest thing that has ever happened to me in my life”

Barbara, who was initially in a coma, is now able to breathe on her own. She remains weak and frustrated at her inabilities. Fox suffered a broken hip, a cerebral fracture and a shattered orbital plate. Fox also had a stroke after the wreck. According to family members he is making extraordinary progress in light of his serious injuries.

A University of South Florida student, Barbara had hopes of graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. It is unknown whether she will be on track to graduate when she is released from the hospital.

If you have been involved in a car accident, our competent team of personal injury lawyers is here to help you. Call our offices for your free initial consultation. We will review the details of your case and advise you on how to best proceed. Call us now for assistance.

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Why Plea Bargains Happen in DUI Cases

If you have been involved in a drunk driving crash in Miami, you will undoubtedly find yourself in court, even if you are the victim. Your family may face a drawn-out legal process full of motions and what may seem like stalling techniques on the part of the defense. Sometimes, the prosecutor for your case may determine that offering the suspect a plea bargain is in everyone’s best interest. This may leave you and your family feeling as though justice hasn’t been served.

Why Plea Bargains Happen

Victims and their families often wonder why a prosecutor would make the leap from a trial filled with testimony to a plea bargain behind closed doors. Plea bargains are often a necessity in a court system bogged down with cases. In order to move cases through the system more efficiently, plea bargains are offered in certain cases.

Benefits of a Plea Bargain

One of the benefits of a plea bargain is that the case is resolved without the chance of the offender going free. It also guarantees that the driver who was intoxicated at the time of your crash has a criminal charge on their record. In almost all cases where a plea bargain is offered, the defendant must give up their right to appeal.

Determining Factors

Prosecutors do not offer plea bargains without serious thought. The feelings of the victim and their family are always taken into consideration along with other factors, including the strength of the case, the defendant’s criminal history, policies of the office, and the wishes of the victim.

The prosecutor may also consider who is sitting on the jury, which judge will be hearing the case, and several other factors that may impact the outcome of a trial.

Judge’s Rights

Even if the prosecutor and defense attorney agree upon the plea, the judge does not have to accept the deal. The judge may order the two sides to