Another case of an older driver hitting the gas rather than the brakes ends in tragedy. This time it happened in front of a South Beach outdoor café.
Miami Beach police say an elderly woman trying to parallel park her Bentley slammed on the gas rather than the brake, hitting outdoor diners at “Call Me Gaby Diner” on Washington Avenue.
A child is among the seven people rushed to the hospital. One person has died.
Miami Beach police identified Gary Prince, 67, as the man who died. Prince’s friends told local WSVN-TV that he was a chiropractor and had worked with some of the New York Knicks players.
Police say the woman who caused the crash stayed on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
Traffic homicide investigators are using 3-D forensic imaging to recreate the moments leading up to the crash.
The restaurant where the accident happened remained closed Friday out of respect for the victims, WSVN reported.
“All of us at Call Me Gaby are deeply saddened and shocked by last night’s tragic event,” a sign posted at the restaurant said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected and to their families and loved ones.”