Officials are still investigating the circumstances surrounding a horrific wrong-way crash that left a couple and their unborn baby dead on I-75 early Friday morning. The crash, which happened near W. 138th Street in Hialeah in Miami-Dade county, occurred just before 5 a.m. when a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes struck a car containing three adults, including one pregnant woman. It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
Head-on collisions are often the result of negligence or careless driving by the drivers of one or more vehicles.
According to the Sun Sentinal, a 51-year-old from Miramar was the driver of the Honda that was driving the wrong way on interstate 75 and caused the crash, while Pedro Tur, a 40-year-old from Naples was the driver of the Nissan that was struck head-on. Both drivers remain hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital and are considered to be in stable condition. Naples residents Amauris Carralero, 38, and the pregnant Nadia Tomasini, 37, were both passengers in Tur’s vehicle and were pronounced dead on the scene. Tomasini was reportedly about halfway through her pregnancy.
Wrong-way crashes are not very frequent, but when they occur they are especially dangerous because they often produce head-on collisions. Head-on collisions can be catastrophic because vehicles are usually traveling quickly in opposite directions. Head-on collisions are often the result of negligence or careless driving by the drivers of one or more vehicles, as shown by this particular case. Furthermore, research has shown that over 60% of wrong-way drivers were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs as cited by the investigating officer.
Especially in wrong-way crashes or head-on accidents, severe injury and/or death can result from the careless actions of another. Some accident victims may be entitled to receive damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, contact a knowledgeable automobile accident attorney to see if you are eligible to pursue compensation for your losses.