On Friday at approximately 3:42pm, police responded to a Pembroke Pines crash that claimed the life of a 90-year-old woman. This accident took place at 1800 North University Drive.
The driver, 43-year-old Kristal Millingen, was going southbound on University Drive in her 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage. 90-year-old Iliana Rosario was crossing this street outside of a designated crosswalk, per the police.
Police state that Rosario was struck after walking into the path of the oncoming vehicle. The victim was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, and as a result of her injuries, she died at the hospital. Information about the extent of her injuries is not known at this time.
It has not been stated whether or not the driver sustained any injuries as a result of this accident. It is also not stated whether or not she was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
No information about the driver’s condition or state of mind after the accident has been released to the public. The police appear to want to ensure a full investigation is completed before releasing any further information on this case.
How speeding is affecting this case is still unknown for a many reasons. First of all it is unknown what speed the driver was traveling at or if there were any contributing factors on the driver’s end. All that is known at this time is that the victim was not crossing in a marked crosswalk when the tragedy occurred. So there are still a lot of uncertainty about this case.
The investigation is currently ongoing to ensure that investigators have all of the necessary facts. Investigators may address the public after gathering all of the facts and determining all of the factors that may or may have not resulted in the death of Rosario.
Pedestrians being struck by drivers when not using crosswalks is not uncommon. Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to make sure that they are utilizing the rules of the road to aid in preventing this type of accident from occurring. Make sure to obey all traffic laws and signals and always do the speed limit. This helps to prevent accidents and keep the roads safer for everyone on them.
“The matters of liability can be very complex and sophisticated, depending on the situation,” says Attorney Joe and Martin, a managing partner at a top personal injury law firm headquartered in South Carolina. “Your heart definitely goes out to the victims who are dealing with both a financial and an emotional burden of a loved one while coping with their own consequences associated with this tragedy.”
Due to the investigation still being conducted, police are reaching out to the community for information. Anyone who witnessed the accident or may have more information should call the Pembroke Pines Police Department to share this information.
This was an unfortunate accident and one that can happen to anyone. Drivers must be careful to be alert when driving and pay attention to all of their surroundings. Pedestrians must adhere to crosswalks and walking signals to ensure they are walking in streets when it is as safe as possible.