MIAMI, Fla – Saturday morning, just after 5 a.m., a car accident claimed the life of a woman. A Miami man has been arrested and charged with her death.
At 5:19 a.m. Saturday, police say that Gustavo Sanchez, 29-years old, was driving a white Oldsmobile east on Northwest 54th Street. Witnesses tell police the man was driving at a high rate of speed.
A woman was walking, attempting to cross Northwest 54th Street when Sanchez sped into her with his car. Sanchez struck the woman in the eastbound lane and continued driving. The man was last seen speeding east along the road.
According to the police report, the victim was dragged for 85 feet before she came to a rest. The impact was severe enough to cause serious injury to the woman’s body. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Sanchez was stopped at Northeast 163rd Street and 15th Avenue after an officer spotted a white Oldsmobile driving with a shattered front windshield.
As the officer approached the car, fresh damage and blood was observed on the front of the vehicle. Sanchez was questioned briefly, giving no indication that he was aware of the accident Sanchez claimed to be on his way home.
Sanchez’ vehicle was confirmed to be the car involved in the accident.
The arresting officer noted that Sanchez had bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol on his breath, and slurred speech. Two beer cans were located inside of Sanchez’s vehicle. During the stop, Sanchez made several voluntary statements that he had been consuming alcohol prior to the accident.
Sanchez was arrested and charged with one count of driving under the influence manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of a crash death.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident due to someone’s negligence or poor choices, you may be entitled to compensation including payment for medical