Parents react to fatal accident at Catholic school
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Classes have resumed at a Catholic school the day after someone simply there to pick up her siblings ended up pinned by a sport utility vehicle and killed.
Twenty-seven-year-old Catalina Gomez Pelaez was walking into a building at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, located at Southwest 112th Street and139th Avenue, Tuesday afternoon when 73-year-old Noris Better lost control of her dark Blue Pacifica, jumped a curb, slammed into that mother and pinned her against a wall. Pelaez would die at the scene.
Speaking through a translator, the father, Angel Gomez, said, "It's a loss for all of us, but we have to understand that God leant her to us, and now he's taking her back."
Her mother said she was a dog-lover and moved to the area six months ago from Colombia to help in the family business.
Parents dropping their children off at the school the following day felt bad about the accident. Though they admitted not knowing the victim, they understand that kind of accident could have taken anyone's life standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. "I'm speechless," said Lily Pavon. "I don't know what to say. It's shaken up everybody."
It made for a sombre Wednesday morning at the school. Not more than 24 hours before, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and police responded and worked feverishly in an attempt to free Pelaez who would succumb to her injuries at the scene, Tuesday afternoon. "I kept thinking it could have been my wife. It could have been somebody I know," said Pablo Bauza. He then shrugged and shook his head before he added, "I don't know how you prevent that."
"They're with God when we go," said Pavon. "It seems it was her time."
Police towed the SUV from the scene after night had fallen and friends and family members had arrived on the scene to console each other. It offered a grounding reality for everyone near the school. "It could happen to me," said parent Zumaya Alonzo. "It could happen to me and my kids, so it's sad. Just pray. It's all we can do."
At this time, police said, they have not filed any charges against the driver.
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