1 dead, 6 injured after driver crashes into South Beach dining hall
MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – A woman trying to parallel park sped into an outdoor dining area – killing one person and injuring six – on Thursday in South Beach, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.
A witness said a child was among the victims shortly after 6 p.m. at the Call Me Gaby restaurant at 22 Washington Ave., south of the Fifth Ward. A group of Joe’s Stone Crab patrons heard the loud noise from across the street.
Clément Lottier, a witness, shared a video that showed smoke and people running. Robert Deburro said people in the restaurant got up, some ran away and others ran into the smoke to help. DeBurro ran to help.
“I heard screaming, crashing, screaming… There was a little boy and a few people trapped under the vehicle. We grabbed the vehicle, a group of people grabbed the vehicle and counted ‘One, two three !’ And lifted the vehicle. A waiter took the young boy out,” Deburro said.
Darlene Nieves, who works near parking lots, was among the witnesses who ran into the smoke to help. She and Deburro said the Good Samaritans were quick to act and firefighters and police arrived quickly.
“It was the most amazing response from the city of Miami Beach that I have ever seen in my life,” Deburro said.
Officers used crime scene tape to block off the area and asked drivers to avoid Washington Avenue between South Pointe Drive and First Street. Firefighters took the victims to hospital where a doctor found one dead, police said without identifying the victim.
Detectives do not believe the driver was under the influence and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, police said.
Associated social networks
Tonight at 6:03 p.m., Miami Beach Police and Fire Department responded to a traffic accident at 22 Washington Avenue. Preliminary information gathered indicates that an elderly woman was attempting to parallel park, but accelerated onto the restaurant’s cafe terrace.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) February 25, 2022
TRAFFIC: Avoid the area between South Pointe Dr and 1 Street along Washington Ave due to a traffic accident.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) February 24, 2022
Emily Hales, editor of Local 10’s News Assignment Office, contributed to this report.
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