6 dead, 10 hurt in Miami bridge collapse
Laura Ingle has the latest on the death toll from Miami, Florida.
A newly built bridge collapsed on March 15 at Florida International University in Miami — the killing of six people.
The victims were a student driving a friend to a doctor’s appointment, business partners do the shopping together and a father of three children on the way home from work, according to the names released by the Miami-Dade Police a few days after the tragic accident.
Read on for a look at the victims involved in the deadly incident.
Alberto Arias in the possession of a party rental company with his friend.
Alberto Arias, 53, owned a party rental and decoration company with his friend, Osvaldo Gonzalez, also a victim of the bridge collapse.
“Life is really something,” Elizabeth Morales, arias’ cousin, posted on Facebook in Spanish, according to the Miami Herald. “Yesterday, I was praying to God for the people who were there [at the collapsed bridge] without knowing that one of us was there. R. I. P cousin. A great man.”
Arias was allegedly helping his mother to move, friends told WTVJ-TV.
“He went out of his way to help everyone. He was the owner of a company and he just took a lot of pride in his work and family,” Ismael Segovia, his cousin, told WTVJ.
Arias had studied at the University of Havana in Cuba, the Miami Herald reported.
The police said that Navaro Brown, 37, died in a hospital shortly after the accident.
Navaro Brown, a 37-year-old construction worker, was the second victim to be identified in the bridge collapse. He worked for Structural Technologies, VSL, a company that strengthened bridges.
Brown died in the hospital.
It is unclear what Brown was doing on the bridge at the time of the fall, but a company spokesman told the Miami Herald that the Structural Technologies, VSL is “the provision of installation support for our products.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Brown’s family and with the other employees involved,” Michael Biesiada, a company spokesman said. “We appreciate the work of the workers who immediately offered their help.”
Two other employees with the company, reportedly, were also injured in the collapse.
Appleonia Brown, who describe themselves as Brown’s cousin, said on Facebook that he is from Jamaica, according to the Herald.
A father of three, Brandon Brownfield died on Thursday, his wife of almost four years, confirmed in a Facebook post.
“It is a pretty magical thing to find your soul mate in this world,” Chelsea Brownfield said. “Like pieces of a puzzle, our crazy lines adapted to each other and we fit together like nobody else can.”
“The next few days is going to be excruciating, as we dig deep to find the strength we need to heal. Please keep us in your prayers, as I now have to find the words and answers to tell my girls that their Daddy is not coming home,” Chelsea Brownfield said.
The couple moved to Florida a few years ago for Brownfield job in the crane industry, a GoFundMe page said. She had also recently purchased a house in Homestead, Florida.
The Brownfields’ daughters are between the ages of 10 months and five years, a pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Homestead, where the family lived, told the Miami Herald.
Brownfield, 39, was on his way home from his work when the bridge collapsed. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, according to the fundraising page, which had raised nearly $ 70,000 on 19 March.
Alexa Duran was a freshman at FIU.
A freshman at FIU, Alexa Duran, 18, was driving under the bridge when it collapsed.
Her father, Orlando Duran, told el Nuevo Herald that his daughter died after the bridge fell on the roof of her car.
“My little girl was locked in the car and couldn’t get out,” he said, according to the Miami Herald.
Duran’s friend, Richard Humble, was in the passenger seat of the car when the bridge fell. He told The Associated Press that they had been stopped at a traffic light, when he heard the bridge “creaking.” Modest was able to get out of the car and reportedly has a neck and leg brace due to his injuries, but could not get to Duran.
“I screamed her name so loud because I wanted to hear her and she would just not respond,” the sophomore said.
Daily Alexa – For all she gave to everyone and I, she deserves it everyday I have here and more. Alexa, you will never be forgotten and I feel you. Not too much fun without me. I love you and I can’t wait to see you again. Keep watch over me and my guardian angel. You will always stay in my heart and in my thoughts.
Duran had taken Modest, who called her the most beautiful person he knew, to the doctor’s office to get medication that day.
“The way the bridge fell, it fell on the driver’s side,” FIU student Manny Perez told the Miami Herald.
Lynnet Gomez, also a FOREIGN student, also told the newspaper that Duran was “a wonderful person” and the “funniest person” she knew.
Duran studied political science at FIU, according to the newspaper. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Osvaldo “Ozzie” Gonzalez in the possession of a party rental company with his friend.
Osvaldo Gonzalez was but a few days before a planned trip to his birthplace in Cuba to celebrate “parrandas,” a carnival-like celebration, according to the Miami Herald.
Gonzalez, 57, was in the car with his business partner, Alberto Arias, when the bridge collapsed. Arias was also killed.
Marisol Gonzalez remembered her brother as “the best in the world” and “very cheerful, with a desire to live life to the fullest.”
“He was a family man,” friend Amauri Naranjo told the Miami Herald. “He had many friends, for he was very communicative and he would help you a lot of the people here, and he would also help decorate the floats for the ‘parrandas.'”
According to Naranjo, Gonzalez, nicknamed “Evert”,” moved to the U.S. in Cuba in the 1980s and helped aria’s leave Cuba.
Rolando Fraga Hernandez
The police has identified Rolando Fraga Hernandez as one of the victims.
Rolando Fraga Hernandez, 60, was killed when the bridge collapsed on top of his Jeep Cherokee, relative Carol Fraga told the Miami Herald.
Originally from Cuba, he reportedly worked as a systems technician for ITM Communication, and as a truck driver.
The day before the bridge collapse, Fraga Hernandez shared a quote on his Facebook page that, in Spanish, said: “Nothing is for always. Coffee is cold, the people leave, the time passes and people change,” according to a translation of the Miami Herald.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj, Madeline Farber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.