Mother, baby recovering from deadly collision
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A killer collision on a South Florida street between two cars left one dead and several injured.
Twenty-two-year old Kristopher Astorga was driving his girlfriend's Lincoln sedan Monday night, when he blew a stop sign and ended up crashing into a black Chevy Tahoe. He was ejected from the vehicle and did not survive the crash. He died early Tuesday morning from the severalties of his injuries.
Police said they were headed southbound on Northwest 21st Avenue. His girlfriend, identified as Mylife Rivera, 20, was in the passenger seat and her 15-month old baby was in the back seat of the vehicle.
Police said they never slowed down as they approached the intersection and blew the stop sign. As they went through the intersection, the Lincoln sedan struck the Chevy Tahoe coming from the other direction. Police said a man and a woman were inside the Tahoe. They said both of them are OK. The woman in the passenger seat was treated on the scene and the man that was driving the Tahoe was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Astorga's family is saddened by the news. "He was a good guy," said Jonathan Astorga. "We all make mistakes. I know I've made plenty of my own mistakes. We just gotta deal with whatever consequences come from those mistakes. Whoever is out there watching, stop a stop sign. I mean, it's as simple as that. The seat belt is very important. I think if he has his seat belt, he would be alive right now."
"We understand that another vehicle that was in the area, or behind it or witnessed this accident" said Lieutenant Ignatius Carroll, "Got out, grabbed this baby and went to Ryder Trauma Center. By the time fire rescue arrived, we only found a man on the ground, unconscious and paramedics began CPR and rushed him to Ryder Trauma Center."
Miami Fire Rescue and police said the situation was chaotic and somewhat bizarre, because when they got there, they understood there was a baby in the back seat of the car but they couldn't find it anywhere.
Police are investigating to try and figure out who was the person behind the sedan that took the baby to JMH.
The baby is expected to be OK. Her mother is also expected to be OK.
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