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Drunk Driver Caught in Miami

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

MADD Urges Vigilancy in South Florida

High season has hit Florida, and it means a flock of spring breakers and other holiday goers looking for a warm area that will help them shake off cabin fever. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the beautiful scenery, but it also means an increase in drunk driving.

According to national statistics, one person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes and a person is killed every 52 minutes.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) makes a concentrated effort to help drivers make better choices. Those include choosing a designated driver, utilizing public transportation, calling a cab, or even using an app to request an Uber driver.

Uber has gained popularity in recent years, allowing people to use their smartphones to summon a ride. The company partners with reliable, local drivers, and connects the drivers with riders who need to get where they are going safely. When you use Uber, you are picked up in a matter of minutes and taken to your destination safely.

Since its launch in the area just six short months ago, Uber has provided thousands of rides to residents and visitors alike. MADD believes that Uber can be a proactive tool in the fight against drunk driving. Why?

Since Uber began operating in Seattle in 2011, there has been a 10 percent decline in DUI arrests. In California, drunk-driving related crashes fell by a count of 60 each month. Since July 2012, it is estimated that 1,800 crashes have been prevented thanks to Uber.

Looking at the numbers, people choose to use Uber in Miami at the same time drunk-driving crashes peak. This is an indicator to MADD and other advocates that Uber can have a positive impact on the community. The app can be an important tool in the fight against drunk driving.

Local officials are looking to put together a framework for ridesharing. In the meantime, people who plan to go

Child Drowns in Neighbor’s Pool

RAMONA, Cal – A child has drowned in a horrible accident in the Ramona section of San Diego County.

A 4-year-old boy wandered into a neighbor’s backyard and into the swimming pool. The boy ultimately drowned according to the local sheriff’s department. It is not immediately clear why the boy was on his own or how he ended up in the swimming pool.

The homeowner of the house located in the 16000 block of Swartz Canyon Road heard her dogs barking and found the boy in the pool. 911 dispatchers gave instructions to the woman to perform CPR on the boy.

Paramedics arrived on scene and took over the life-saving measures in an attempt to resuscitate the child. The boy was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Swimming Pool Requirements in Miami-Dade

In 2009, the Florida Legislature passed the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act in an attempt to reduce the number of fatalities due to drowning or other pool accidents.

According to the Act, all outdoor swimming pools in the city must have a barrier around the outer perimeter of the pool that is four-feet tall or higher. There must be no gaps in the barrier. That fence must be far enough away from the edge of the pool that if a child does scale it or get through it, they will not immediately fall into the water.

Pool fence gates must open outward and have self-closing and self-locking devices installed. Those devices must be outside of the reach of children.

Pools that are housed indoors or within some type of screened barrier are not required to have a secondary fence or barrier. The walls, screens, windows, and/or doors of the indoor pool must be alarmed or have self-closing and self-latching devices installed out of the reach of children.

Kiddie pools are popular with families and are outside the bounds of the act. These small, temporary

Miami Beach Centennial Celebration

It was March 26, 1915 when the city of Miami Beach was first incorporated. The commemoration will take place in the form of a 100 hour-long party set to begin on March 22, 2015. Participants will be treated to entertainment from Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estephan, Wyclef Jean, and Flo Rida; a line-up that will appeal to the tastes of just about everyone!

The party, which will take place on the lush white sands of South Beach, is set to run for 100 hours non-stop and will be punctuated by the all-day Miami Beach Centennial Concert music festival. Mayor Phillip Levine promises “…the biggest entertainment event in Miami Beach’s history which will feature the most significant iconic figures to have contributed to the fabric of the City.” And what a rich history the city enjoys!

The city of Miami Beach is a coastal resort town comprised of both man-made and natural islands.  In 1979, the city made history for its Art-Deco architectural styling and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for the collection of buildings in this design. Past and present residents add to the lure and allure of the city, including: Al Capone, J.C. Penney, Gianni Versace,  Julio Iglesias, Sean Combs, Don Johnson, and Madonna to name a few. The 100th birthday celebration is bound to be spectacular.

The public is welcome to participate in the event at the Complimentary Public Viewing area and the city has made available free tickets for residents of Miami Beach. Other reserved seating areas are available with ticket prices ranging from $55 to $1,000. To plan your 100 hours of fun, purchase tickets, or get more information on this epic event, visit www.miamibeach100.com.

Our firm family would like to provide you with some tips to keep in mind if you plan on participating in this event.

10 Safety Tips for and Enjoyable Miami Beach Centennial Celebration

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Want to Avoid Traffic? There’s a (Safe) App for That

Drive through Miami-Dade any day of the week at any time of the day and you are more likely than not to be caught up in a congested nightmare. Bumper-to-bumper traffic isn’t anything new to the folks who drive through the area. A new app is taking aim at traffic, helping drivers extricate themselves from the snarl.

If you have an iPhone or Android-based smartphone, you can drive easy from now on. Audio Traffic Miami-Dade launched last week, helping travelers avoid snags when practical. We know what you are thinking: Using an app and driving is dangerous. Not so with this new offering. The reports are spoken rather than written. You won’t have to take your eyes off the road for a second.

Reports delivered by the app typically last anywhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. You can set the audio delivery in one of two languages: English or Spanish. The developers of the app can be trusted to deliver timely traffic information. They got their start in radio stations across the country doing the same thing.

According to Audible Broadcasting CEO Roger Koch, people don’t listen to the radio the same way they used to. Drivers don’t want to wait 20 or more minutes for an up-to-date traffic report; they want it now.

As soon as the app is clicked, reports start to play. Once you have listened to the latest traffic news, you can listen to public-service announcements or timely news reports. These reports are provided by Miami-Dade County, a partner in the launch of the new app.

Partnering with the app developers means that the county can use the app for emergency announcement or warnings about in-progress crimes. The Miami-Dade are is the fourth in Florida to get a traffic app. The service debuted in West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Jacksonville earlier this year. Drivers in Orlando and Broward can expect their own version soon.

The

Miami Teen Collides with Pedestrian

MIAMI, Fla – When you give your teenager the keys to the family vehicle, you worry that they will be safe. You hope that they have paid attention when learning the rules of the road, and you hope that they will return home unharmed.

What you rarely consider is that your teen will cause someone else harm.

That is what happened Friday when an inexperienced 16-year-old driver drove through a crosswalk, failing to yield for a pedestrian, sending that pedestrian to the hospital.

The driver who remains unidentified due to age, drove through a crosswalk near Albenga Avenue and San Amaro Drive just after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The driver struck 20-year-old Matthew Wisehaupt, a student at University of Miami.

The 2015 gray Audi struck Wisehaupt with enough force that the man was rushed to the hospital from the scene. Wisehaupt’s injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. The teen driver remained on the scene and cooperated with responding officers.

Teach Teens About Distracted Driving

While no information has been reported as to the cause of the accident, not seeing a person in a crosswalk can very well be due to distracted driving. Before you let your teenage driver take control of the wheel, make sure that you lay down some ground rules.

It is recommended that new drivers do not transport groups of friends in the car. Even if your teen driver is focused on the road, the conversation going on in the car can be distracting enough to cause your teen to make mistakes. Do not let your child drive a vehicle containing more than a single friend.

If your teen has a cell phone, install a parental block on that phone and activate it before your child gets in the car. Do not assume that telling your child not to text and drive is enough. There are several apps that you can install that will

Miami Firm Embraces South America’s Influence on Culture

Empanadas, enchiladas, arepas, ceviche, arroz con pollo – all Hispanic foods that are becoming main-stream in South Florida and symbolize only one way in which Hispanic culture is influencing the Miami landscape. But savory meals are not the solitary contribution of this growing demographic.

Initially a Cuban mecca, Miami is now the destination of choice for people from all over South America with populations from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela to name just a few. Years ago, radio stations and businesses catered almost solely to Cubans. Now, there is a greater bend in diversity throughout the region. World-wide there are 500 million people – across 23 countries – who speak Spanish as a primary language. In the United States alone there are greater than 50 million Spanish speakers.

Even though the Hispanic community is united by one language, Hispanic or Latino should not be considered monolithic; the cultures, ethnicities, and origins associated with each country represented are wide-ranging. Interestingly, instead of causing adversity, those cultures are merging with American culture and forming a universal Miami culture that can’t be experienced elsewhere.

According to Pew Research’s Hispanic Trends Project, Hispanics are the largest growing number of immigrants and the largest minority group – greater than 16% – in the United States. Miami holds four spots on the list of top ten cities based on Hispanic populations by nation of origin throughout the United States.

Rank                     Nation of Origin                Population

3                               Cubans                                       856,007

7                               Colombians                               114,701

8                               Hondurans                                 54,192

10                               Peruvians                                    40,701

Though the cuisine and cultural contributions are hugely recognized and agreeably tremendous; South Americans are also making huge financial contributions, specifically to the Brickell area of Miami, redefining the locale from one of economic devastation to one of the most desirable, and luxurious destinations in South Florida. Unlike many places around the nation, Miami is experiencing a real estate development boom with 65% of the buyers for

Trooper hurt in one of more than 10 crashes on Tuesday in South Florida

Heavy rain and flooded roads caused more than 10 scattered crashes in South Florida on Tuesday morning, reported the Miami Herald. None of the accidents were fatalities, only injuries.

Involved in one of these crashes was a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper. He was injured in a three-car accident on Florida’s Turnpike between State Road 836 and Northwest 41st Street, Miami Herald news partner CBS 4 reports.

He was taken to Baptist Hospital where authorities said he had neck and lower back pain, but is in stable condition.

In Miami-Dade, accidents exceeded the average. FHP worked on more than 10 crashes on major roads including the following:

• Westbound I-195 at Biscayne Boulevard

• Westbound 836 at Northwest 27th Avenue

• Southbound Interstate 95 at Miami Gardens Drive

• Southbound I-95 at Northwest 79th Street

• The ramp connecting I-95 and I-395

• Southwest Eighth Street and 97th Avenue

Also, a disabled bus blocked the southbound I-95 express lane at Northwest 125th Street, causing traffic to back up.

Many of the crashes came amid early downpours and slick roads. More than four inches of rain fell overnight in parts of South Florida, according to local reports.

The Florida auto accident lawyers atSteinger, Iscoe & Greene urge drivers to slow down and be particularly cautious when the weather turns bad.

If you’ve been injured in a Florida auto accident, we may be able to help.

Criminal charges considered in car crash fraud

During a recent three-day sweep of Miami-Dade County clinics, irregularities were discovered among pain clinics that treat auto accident victims, according to Ocala.com.

After finding regulatory violations in almost 90 percent of the pain clinics that treat automobile accident victims, state investigators are considering criminal charges.

Investigators found that many clinic owners had no prior healthcare experience, and that they opened auto crash clinics after learning the clinics could be lucrative.

The report will prompt the state to take action to revoke the licenses of several entities.

PIP, or personal injury protection, was adopted in 1972 by state legislature to make sure anyone injured in an auto accident would quickly get money to treat their injuries.

Schemers have turned Florida into the number one state for staged accidents, especially in Miami and Tampa.

The Insurance Information Institute predicts that such fraud could approach $1 billion in the state this year. These costs are passed on to customers.

Florida lawmakers have struggled unsuccessfully for years in their attempts to fix PIP. They are now being challenged to find a solution in the state legislative session that begins Tuesday.

Some of the ideas that have been discussed range from providing emergency care only within three days of an accident to doing away with the program entirely.

Read more.

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Man Taken into Custody for Hit and Run Fatality in Miami

Miami Police took a 23-year-old male into custody early Thursday morning on suspicion that he was involved in a Miami, Florida, hit and run crash yesterday that killed a 71-year-old Aventura, Florida, woman.

When police arrived at the man’s house to question him about the accident, they discovered that he was in possession of cocaine and arrested him. He was also taken in because of an open bench warrant for driving on a suspended license.

“He was arrested on unrelated charges,”Miami Police Detective Eddie Avila told WSVN“.He still remains, at this point, a person of interest.”

The woman who was killed in the accident was on her way to work at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning in her silver Honda Accord on US 1 and Southwest 17th Avenue when a white pickup truck plowed into her. Her car spun out of control and into a tree.

Police determined the man was a person of interest after they received a tip that he’d bragged about being involved in a hit and run accident.

The man’s truck, which had sustained damage to its front end, has been towed and impounded by police. The man claims that his truck already had that damage when he purchased it.

Police are testing paint samples from the truck and reviewing red light cameras to see if they line up with the man’s claim that he was at home at the time of the crash.

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