Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Carmel on the Case: Dangerous Driver
Tonight, a local driver may be wishing he could put his decision in reverse. His license was suspended in the spring after being charged with DUI in a hit and run accident. But tonight, you can't imagine what we caught him doing. Here's Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero with this week's Carmel on the Case.
WSVN--It is early morning in northeast Broward. Among commuters a tractor hugging the bicycle lane along AIA. At the wheel 48-year-old Ted Bress.
The last time his driving was the focus of a news story he was being tested then
arrested for DUI and hit and run.
Bress Victim Kelly Grant: "We flipped three times and they said we slid sixty feet."
Kelly Grant, her husband, and her two-month-old son Emilio were inside the SUV Bress hit Kelly says Emilio was thrown from his car seat and onto the street.
Kelly Grant: "Two, both broken femurs. Broken pelvis. Head trauma. He had like bleeding on one side of the brain. Um - swelling of the brain. Left eye is blind. Right eye is tunnel vision."
But despite being charged with hurting Emilio and his parents...Ted Bress has continued to drive with a suspended license. We documented his travel from Atlantic Boulevard down to Commercial along AIA. And then we watched for hours as he drove up and down the beaches. In some cases sending beach-goers scrambling to get out of his way.
Carmel Cafiero: "Mr. Bress, Carmel Cafiero Channel 7. I'd like to talk with you about your drivers license."
Ted Bress: "I'm sorry?"
Carmel Cafiero:"I'd like to talk with you about your drivers license."
Bress said no comment and without warning started backing up. We learned he works for Beach Raker a company that has a contract with Pompano and Lauderdale By the Sea to clean their beaches.
Carmel Cafiero: "Did you know his drivers license had been suspended?"
Beach Raker Owner Tim Greener: "I did not."
Carmel Cafiero: "When did you find out?
Tim Greener: ''Today."
Tim Greener owns Beach Raker.He says he knew Bress had been in an accident and was facing charges. But he insists he did not know his license had been suspended until seven news started asking questions.
Tim Greener:"He's been terminated.
Carmel Cafiero:"Based on what?"
Tim Greener:"It's company policy. You have to have a drivers license - a valid drivers license to be a member of the team."
Bress faces charges that include driving under the influence and causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident.
Kelly Grant: "His leg must have gotten caught on something or hit something very hard."
Little Emilio meanwhile faces a lifetime with a significant loss of vision and possible limitations caused by head trauma.
Kelly Grant: "Nothing will ever be the same. But you gotta make it the best."
And Kelly grant intends to do just that with her "miracle baby".
If you have a story for Carmel:
Call her in Dade at 305-627-CLUE
Or in Broward at 954-921-CLUE