Trial Resumes In DUI Manslaugher Of Miami Heat Dancer

FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Testimony will resume Thursday in the trial of a man charged with DUI manslaughter in the death of a Miami Heat dancer.

Mario Careaga was heading west on Sunrise Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale when he reportedly veered out of his lane and struck Nancy Lopez-Ruiz from behind in September 20010.

Lopez-Ruiz was parked on her motorcycle in the median where U.S. 1 and Sunrise Boulevard split when she was hit. According to Ft. Lauderdale Police, the force of the crash sent her body more than 130 feet in the air.

Over the past two days, jurors have heard gripping testimony from witnesses, police officers and Careaga’s life partner, Ray Stapleton, who was with him in the car the night of the accident.

Careaga, a Fort Lauderdale insurance executive, had blood alcohol levels of .24 percent and .23 percent that were measured in two samples after the crash, according to probable cause affidavit.

Defense lawyer David Bogenschutz has challenged the notion that Careaga could have been three times over the legal limit.

Stapleton testified that he and Careaga had been drinking at the Galleria Mall prior to the accident. He told the jury Careaga had two vodka cocktails and a part of a third. After leaving the party at the mall, Stapleton told the jury he saw the motorcycle in the median and warned Careaga to watch out.

After the crash Stapleton, tearfully told the jury he went to check on the woman lying in the road.

“I could see her soul had left her body,” Stapleton said. “And I began to pray.”

On Wednesday, Joane Frey, a Mayor’s Jewelry employee who sold Careaga a watch shortly before the accident, testified that she could smell alcohol on his breathe but he did not seem to be impaired, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Frey told the jury he spent about 40 minutes in the store and opened a credit account so he could buy a Carier watch. She said his eyes were not bloodshot and his speech was not slurred, according to the paper.

The jury was shown still photos from inside the Galleria Mall where Careaga was attending a party and allegedly drinking.

Bogenschutz represented former New York Yankess player Jim Leyritz when he was charged with DUI manslaughter for December 2007 crash in which Fredia Veitch was killed. But jurors disagreed and convicted Leyritz of the lesser charge of DUI.

Four Injured In Fiery Crash At A Pompano Beach Intersection

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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Four drivers are lucky to be alive after a fiery collision at a Pompano Beach.

The accident happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Sample Road and North Andrews Avenue, at the border of  Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach.

A woman heading westbound on Sample Road, went over the railed tracks and reared ended a Ford F 150 pickup truck which had slowed for a red light. The woman’s car ended up lodged under the truck.

On impact, the pickup’s gas tank was sheared off and caught fire.  Chopper 4 over the scene at found four vehicles, two cars and two trucks, were involved in the crash. One of the trucks ended up partially on top of a car and the other truck.

Marquis Hoggins was working at a nearby restaurant when the crash happened.

“When I came out the door about five seconds later a flame went up and a cloud of smoke. We ran over and saw people jumping out of the car and running away from the car,” said Hoggins who did what he could to help.

Hoggins said he ran over to the wreck and helped pull a 45-yearold unconscious woman from her car which was lodged under the burning truck.

“I picked up the brick, handed it to him, he busted the window and snatched the lady out of the car and we all ran from the car,” said Hoggins.

The woman then started walking away from the crash. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue paramedics found her about 200 yards away from the scene of the crash with critical injuries, including burns. She was transported in critical condition to Broward Health North.

Hoggins said his only thought was of saving everyone involved.

“I have to get the people out of the fire, we have to get them out, I did not want to watch anyone die,” said Hoggins.  “I only did what I thought someone would do for me or my family.”

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue arrived on the scene they put out the flames and took one of the injured male drivers to North Broward Medical Center.  Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported the remaining two injured drivers to the hospital.  No word on the extent of their injuries.

It took several hours for the accident investigation and to clear the charred wreckage from the road.  Westbound Sample Road was re-opened to traffic around 10:30 a.m.

Truck Driver Struck, Killed By Car After Crash

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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after a man was killed in an early morning accident in Tamarac.

Sunday morning around 5 a.m. the driver of a Nissan truck was involved in a collision on Commercial Boulevard near the Turnpike. After the crash, both vehicles stopped. When the driver of the truck got out to inspect the damage, leaving his wife and teenage son in the cab, he was struck by a truck.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the man suffered severe injuries. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

The second vehicle in the initial crash then fled the scene. The sheriff’s office said the driver of the truck which struck the man did stop and stay on the scene until deputies arrived.

The sheriff’s office plans to check video from nearby red light cameras to see if they can identify the driver of the second vehcile which left the scene.

Scaffolding Accident Sends 4 Workers To Hospital, Scene Of Daring Rescue

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - Around 3:30 on Monday afternoon, four workers cleaning and inspecting the bridges along the New River below I-95 were on a suspended scaffolding when it suddenly gave way.

Three of the workers were left dangling in the air while a fourth worker plummeted to the ground and landed in the pile of broken scaffolding, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials.

The worker who fell to the ground was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center while rescue crews safely removed two of the hanging workers.

A fourth worker, Rafael Moreno, was suspended for more 90 minutes while strapped into his safety harness.

“I just wanted to get down,” Moreno said. “It was a scary feeling.”

Enter the Fort Lauderdale Fire Technical Rescue Team. Firefighter James Chioffe repelled down from a catwalk underneath I-95 and tried to put Moreno at ease.

“You want to make him feel comfortable,” Chioffe said. “Get him the confidence that we know what we’re doing and we’re gonna get home safely.”

After switching Moreno from his harness and into a safety harness, Chioffe brought Moreno to the ground. Chioffe described what cameras couldn’t see — the dangers of trying to assemble a system of ropes to pull off the rescue while laying unsecured on a catwalk.

“You’re all the way up there on a catwalk that’s moving,” Chioffe said. “Every car you car hear, every truck you can hear, the train blasting its’ horns you can hear, everything’s shaking and we gotta job to do.”

And they did it. The questions focus on why this suspended scaffolding suddenly gave way. The Florida Department of Transportation said the men work for V M Erectors out of Pembroke Pines. The DOT said for at least four months they’ve been cleaning, painting and inspecting the bridges over the New River along I-95. But on Monday something went wrong.

“The cables that were lifting the scaffolding just snapped,” Moreno said. “We don’t know it was so fast. It was four of them — each corner. Three of us were just hanging. And I seen my buddy falling on top of the scaffolding. (It was) bad.”

Fortunately Moreno said it appears his buddy will recover.

It was a frightening accident and a daring rescue that Chioffe said is simply part of the job.

“We train on it all the time and that’s why we’re here,” Chioffe said. “We love our jobs and we love what we do.”

Fire Rescue officials tell CBS 4 there will likely be several investigations into the accident, including one by OSHA.

 

Car-to-car talk: Hey, look out for that collision! – 7Online WSVN

By JOAN LOWY
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don’t, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they’re plunging toward peril.

The action, still some years off, has “game-changing potential” to cut collisions, deaths and injuries, federal transportation officials said at a news conference Monday.

A radio signal would continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. Cars and light trucks would receive the same information back from other cars, and a vehicle’s computer would alert its driver to an impending collision. Alerts could be a flashing message, an audible warning, or a driver’s seat that rumbles. Some systems might even automatically brake to avoid an accident if manufacturers choose to include that option.

Your car would “see” when another car or truck equipped with the same technology was about to run a red light, even if that vehicle was hidden around a corner. Your car would also know when a car several vehicles ahead in a line of traffic had made a sudden stop and alert you even before you saw brake lights The technology works up to about 300 yards.

If communities choose to invest in the technology, roadways and traffic lights could start talking to cars, too, sending warnings of traffic congestion or road hazards ahead in time for drivers to take a detour.

The technology is separate from automated safety features using sensors and radar that are already being built into some high-end vehicles today and which are seen as the basis for future self-driving cars. But government and industry officials see the two technologies as compatible. If continuous conversations between cars make driving safer, then self-driving cars will become safer as well.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has been working with automakers on the technology for the past decade, estimates vehicle-to-vehicle communications could prevent up to 80 percent of accidents that don’t involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure.

Crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher accounted for nearly a third of the 33,500 traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2012, according to the safety agency.

The technology represents the start of a new era in automotive safety in which the focus is “to prevent crashes in the first place,” as compared with previous efforts to ensure accidents are survivable, said David Friedman, the head of the agency.

No orders to automakers are imminent, officials said.

After an agency report, the public and carmakers will have 90 days to comment, then regulators will begin drafting a proposal, and that process could take months to years. But Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said it is his intention to issue the proposal before President Barack Obama leaves office.

“It will change driving as we know it over time,” said Scott Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. “Automobile makers will rethink how they design and construct cars because they will no longer be constructing cars to survive a crash, but building them to avoid a crash.”

Government officials declined to give an estimate for how much the technology would increase the price of a new car, but the transportation society estimates it would cost about $100 to $200 per vehicle.

Automakers are enthusiastic about vehicle-to-vehicle technology but feel there are important technical, security and privacy questions that need to be worked out first, said Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

The technology “may well play a larger role in future road safety, but many pieces of a large puzzle still need to fit together,” she said.

The technology the government is contemplating contains several layers of security and privacy protection to ensure the information exchanged between vehicles doesn’t identify them but merely contains basic safety data, officials said.

The safety benefits can’t be achieved until there is a critical mass of cars and trucks on the road using the technology. It takes many years to turn over the nation’s entire vehicle fleet, but the technology could start preventing accidents before that.

Safety benefits can be seen with as few at 7 percent to 10 percent of vehicles in a given area similarly equipped, said Paul Feenstra, a spokesman for the transportation society, an umbrella organization for the research and development of new transportation technologies.

There may be another way to speed things up, according to a presentation last year by the communications technology company Qualcomm. About 45 percent of Americans use smartphones, and that share is growing. If smartphones, which already have GPS, came equipped with a radio chip they could be used to retrofit vehicles already on the road so they could talk to each other. That would help make it possible to achieve a 50 percent market penetration in less than five years, Qualcomm estimated.

Using cellphones could also extend the safety benefits of connected-car technology to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, Belcher said. A driver could be alerted to a possible collision with a pedestrian carrying a smartphone sending out information, even if it was too dark to see the person. More than 4,700 pedestrians were killed by vehicles and 76,000 injured in 2012.

But there are significant technical and standardization hurdles to using cellphones to support connected-car technology. Cellphone battery life, for example, a need for antennas, questions about radio frequencies and concern that cellphone GPS functions might not be as precise as those in a vehicle manufactured with special technology.

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Arrest Made In Ft. Lauderdale Hit & Run

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A hit and run driver left a 53-year-old man fighting for his life in the hospital. Friday, police say they arrested the man responsible.

Police were led to Jose Sanchez, 47, after someone called around 6 PM Thursday wanting to report a delayed assault.

Upon being confronted by officials, Sanchez, a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, said that while he was driving in the area of Northwest 5th Avenue and West Broward Boulevard, he was attacked.

Officials, according to Fort Lauderdale Police, found a car matching the description police released Thursday in search for the driver. Also, the damage on the vehicle was consistent with damage from the crash.

Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to Sanchez’s home and confirmed the evidence recovered from the crash scene belonged to Sanchez’s car.

Sanchez was arrested Thursday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries as well as one count of tampering with evidence.

His bond is set at $7500.

Sanchez is accused of hitting Daniel Francis Driscoll, 53, Thursday December 26th at approximately 12:27 AM.

Driscoll, according to police, was attempting to cross West Broward Boulevard, not at a cross walk, from the south side of the road to the north side when the car, police say belongs to Sanchez, struck Driscoll.

Thursday afternoon police released the description of the car, 1996-2000 model 4-door green Honda, now said to belong to Sanchez.

Sanchez’s driver side view mirror hit Driscoll, throwing him to the ground, according to Fort Lauderdale Police.

Sanchez allegedly fled westbound on West Broward Boulevard.

Driscoll suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Broward Health Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

Hit-run victim stayed wedged on car during 2-mile drive, police say – Sun

Throughout the trip that spanned nearly two miles, the severely injured bicyclist remained wedged on the smashed rear window of the car that struck him.

Craig Camlin, 53, was then dumped from the mangled car and left for dead behind a trash bin. It would be hours before a landscaping crew found Camlin barely alive with a broken spine and nearly severed ear.

The driver of the car? He went home to take a nap, police said.

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Hours later, investigators caught up with the 27-year-old suspect, Axel Inostroza. He had woken up and taken his black 2003 Ford Mustang to a body shop to be repaired, police said.

Inostroza admitted striking Camlin in Fort Lauderdale about 6:30 a.m. Monday and driving to Pompano Beach to discard the cyclist from the back of his car, they said.

“These allegations speak for themselves regarding how disturbing they are,” Broward Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder told a judge Tuesday, citing a police report. “One of the most disturbing facts to me in this report is that he told police that after all this was done, he went home to sleep.”

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According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the incident began before daylight Monday near the 5200 block of Northeast 18th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Camlin was northbound on his bike on Northeast 18th Avenue when he was struck from behind. Camlin’s body hit the Mustang’s windshield, rolled over the roof and became wedged between the rear windshield and a spoiler, said agency spokeswoman Detective DeAnna Greenlaw.

Inostroza “was fully aware of the crash that occurred and did not stop his vehicle,” she said.

Greenlaw said the trip involved some stretches of usually busy West McNab Road as Inostroza made his way toward his South Flagler Avenue apartment in Pompano Beach.

Inostroza then stopped by a trash bin near his home and dumped Camlin in a wooded area, Greenlaw said. He later told investigators he wanted someone to find the body, police said.

A landscaping crew did, and called 911.

Camlin was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday. A police report said Camlin’s address was unknown.

An investigator said in a report that Camlin’s body temperature had dropped severely, and he likely would have died if he hadn’t been found.

He suffered a spinal injury that could leave him paralyzed, a cut on the back of his head and an ear was nearly severed, wrote FLPD Traffic Homicide Investigator Jill Hirsch in her report.

According to the report, Inostroza then drove his car after dumping Camlin and parked it in a different area of the apartment complex so that his girlfriend wouldn’t see it.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Inostroza called his sister from a body shop and told her that he had been in an accident, police said. He needed a ride home.

Before Inostroza was able to leave, however, Broward sheriff’s deputies showed up to the body shop and questioned him about the damaged car. Police did not disclose how the deputies were led to the shop.

According to the arrest report, the car’s front and rear windows were broken. The front bumper was missing. Blood spatter was found in the rear trunk area.

Inostroza initially told deputies that he hit a stop sign, according to the arrest report. Inostroza later agreed to be interviewed by Fort Lauderdale investigators.

He admitted he hit Camlin and that he had been drinking before the incident, Linder said in court.

Officials couldn’t administer a DUI test because of the amount of time that lapsed, the prosecutor said.

Inostroza, who said he works at a Fort Lauderdale restaurant, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, tampering with evidence and attempted voluntary manslaughter.

Records show Inostroza entered a plea deal in 2012 on disorderly conduct charges, his only criminal record in Florida. His driver’s license was scheduled to be suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket, records show.

Broward Court Judge John “Jay” Hurley ordered Inostroza be held on a $70,000 bond. Late Tuesday, Inostroza remained at Broward’s Main Jail.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Jill Hirsch at 954-828-5753.

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Police Arrest Alleged Hit & Run Driver Who Tried To Dispose Of Body

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Fort Lauderdale Police arrested 27-year-old Axel Esteban Inostroza Monday for allegedly hitting a bicyclist with his car, driving away and trying to dispose of the body in a wooded area.

FLPD said the accident happened on the 5200 block of NE 18th Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Monday. Investigators said the Inostroza’s 2003 Ford Mustang hit the cyclist, Craig Camlin, 63, sending him onto the windshield of the vehicle, rolling over the roof and landing on the back window.

A neighbor’s friend heard an odd noise at the time of the accident.

“She just heard like a thump, but not an impact,” said neighbor Tom Karrmenn. “She heard screeching and was waiting for an impact like hitting a car or something and never heard it.”

Fort Lauderdale Police said the driver was “fully aware” of the crash and did not stop. Police said Inostroza drove two miles with Camlin on his back window until he reached his home in Pompano Beach.

Police said once home, Inostroza picked up Camlin and tried to throw his body away in a wooded area. A landscape crew found Camlin’s body and called 911.

“We have an individual that is fighting for his life and we have someone who tried to essentially hide him as he was fighting for his life,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Deanna Greenlaw.

Camlin was taken to North Broward Hospital with what are described as life threatening injuries and he’s currently in critical condition.

Judge John Hurley detailed Camlin’s injuries during a court hearing Tuesday.

“He had a laceration in the back of his head. His ear was almost completely severed and he had spinal injuries which may result in permanent paralysis,” Judge Hurley said.

Fort Lauderdale Police said Inostroza game authorities a full confession and asked if you had any more information about the case call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Fatally shot, man crashes SUV into tree near Fort Lauderdale

The death of a 45-year-old man shot multiple times inside his SUV near Fort Lauderdale Sunday night is being investigated by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

BSO said they had received a call of a car crash at about 8:45 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found a victim identified as Johnny Ross on the ground near his SUV.

After being wounded, Ross apparently tried to drive away, but crashed into a tree along the 2800 block of Northwest Fourth Street and fell out of his vehicle.

He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died.

Anyone with information about Ross’ murder is asked to call Homicide Detective Kevin Forsberg at 954-321-4210, or call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or visit www.browardcrimestoppers.org online.

Police hunt hit-and-run driver in motorcyclist death – Sun

Gilliam, traveling east on West Broward near 36th Avenue at 3:31 p.m., was thrown to the ground by the impact, said Detective DeAnna Greenlaw.

Gilliam was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene on foot, said Greenlaw.

Friends and relatives gathered Monday at the Gilliam family’s Melrose Park home to mourn the death of a young man who “loved to ride his bike,” said his father, Dennis Hyman. “Now we hope the person responsible will turn himself in.”

Born in New York, Gilliam moved to South Florida about 16 years ago. He attended South Plantation High School, and worked as a truck driver before switching to office work in the medical field, his father said.

In addition to his father, Gilliam is survived by his mother, Estelle Bashford-Hyman, his sister Simone Hyman and dozens of other relatives.

Services are pending through McWhite’s Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who knows the identity of the driver to call traffic homicide investigator J. Graham at 954-828-5125.

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