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Two Men Arrested for Hit and Run Death of Girl From Fort Lauderdale

The South Florida hit and run epidemic continues, this time claiming the life of an innocent 5 year-old girl riding her tricycle in front of her trailer home. Thankfully, those responsible for her death have been arrested by police.

According to sun-sentinel.com, 5 year-old Yanelle Lucero was riding her bike on Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a 1997 GMC Van driven by Erik Garcia, a Mexican citizen who has been charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, failure to use due care while operating a vehicle and driving without a drivers license.

Apparently, the accident occurred within the confines of the Pan American mobile home park where the victim lived. According to witnesses, the van was going fast, despite the posted limits and speed bumps typically present in trailer parks.

Police also arrested Pompano Beach resident Mario Argumedo in connection with the accident. Mr. Argumedo, who was initially a passenger in the GMC Van, lent it to Mr. Garcia, despite knowing that his friend did not have a valid drivers license.

Not Enough Sympathy to Stick Around

Police say that after seeing what happened, Mr. Argumedo carried the little girl back to her mother and insisted that she take the child to the hospital herself instead of calling rescue personnel, allegedly because it would take emergency services too long to get there. Also thinking that she could get help faster, the victim's mother, Katherine Diaz, put the child in her own car and took off. While on their way to the hospital, Ms. Diaz pulled to the side of the road and called Fort Lauderdale fire rescue. Unfortunately, by the time they arrived at Broward General Medical Center, Yanelle was dead.

Despite his apparent gesture of sympathy for the victim, Mr. Argumedo did not hesitate to drive away in the van, which is why he has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, tampering with evidence and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle in his possession.

We Can Help

If you or one of your loved ones has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help. Among other traffic cases, we currently represent a Miami pedestrian that was crushed and pinned between two parked vehicles when a drunk driver crashed into one of the vehicles.

With more than 70 years of combined experience, we have handled many cases in which pedestrians have been victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or accidents involving other kinds of motor vehicles. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens.

Please visit the Pedestrian Accidents page of our website to learn more about the firm and the cases we have handled. Once ready, please contact us via email or by calling 1-888-499-9700 to schedule a free consultation.

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