Suspected drunk driver breaks taxi driver's legs
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A taxi driver has a long road to recovery after he was struck in the street by a suspected drunk driver.
Police had initially reported that Jocelyn Prophet had lost his legs in the accident, but family members are now talking, and they clarified that the man was left with two broken legs, and they are hoping he recovers.
Miami Police arrested and charged 31-year-old Oskar Ivan Zarate with DUI with serious injuries after he allegedly struck Prophet as he helped a fellow cabbie with his broken-down vehicle, at around 5:50 a.m. Sunday. The collision happened along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 50th Terrace.
Jean Claude Jean's cab got a flat tire on Biscayne Boulevard, and Prophet stopped to render aid. Soon after, police said, Zarate struck them with his blue Honda Civic.
Jean recalled the shock of hearing the accident, as he took the steering wheel to move his cab. "I open my door. I push it," he said. "I know nothing about the behind, and then I heard this noise: 'Boom!' It struck."
Jean said Prophet, who he had never met before, stopped to help him out. Now, Jean is struggling with the guilt of surviving the accident. "I think that God sent somebody to help me, and then something happened. That makes me feel really, really bad," said Jean.
Rescue crews transported the injured man to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Family members said, a day later, their loved one remains in critical condition.
The wife of Prophet was too distraught to speak. Gladys Jean, a sister of the victim, said, "He was in critical condition, so there's nothing I can say."
The alleged drunk driver was also transported to JMH. He was treated and released and now sits behind bars facing DUI charges.
Jean, meanwhile, is too shaken up to return to work. "It's so painful," he said. "I can't believe that."
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