Family says gates put loved one in path of danger
SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Family members of a woman who was tragically killed during a police chase are saying a gate posted at entrances through their community contributed to her death.
Southwest Ranches put up several gates to prevent traffic from Pembroke Pines cutting though their community to reach Griffin Road.
Medina's daughter and husband said the fence is the reason why she ended up taking US 27. The family feels that if the gate had not been there, Medina would still be alive. "I remember the spot, I can take you right now where I first kissed that woman," Diego Medina said. "I lost my breath, my knees buckled, I couldn't breath. I didn't know what that was, I was too young, stupid. I knew I couldn't let it go."
Medina's wife, Maritza Medina, was the innocent victim of a police chase, Sept. 18. She was ejected out of her vehicle and died at the scene when Antonio Feliu ran a red light and T-boned her sedan.
"We got married, she stuck with me," Medina said. "I was in the Army, then the Marines. She stuck with me. Unbelievable, I don't know why. She never looked at who I was but just kinda looked at who I was going to be."
Medina was on Griffin Road, crossing US 27 when she was hit. "The truth of the matter is, the one fact is, that my wife would have not been in that intersection if those gates weren't there," Medina said.
Southwest Ranches put up the three gates almost a year ago. "These gates are basically putting a lot of people's lives in danger for no real reason, no real reason," Medina said.
Medina wants to see the gates taken down and hopes it will spare another family his same heartache. "I don't blame anybody. I cannot blame anybody," Medina said. "I wish I could. I wish I could channel my anger to one point or one man, one person, one decision. I don't know why God did this."
According to the mayor and town administrator of Southwest Ranches, the blame for the loss should be placed on Feliu and that they feel for the Medina family.
There is a council meeting Thursday in Southwest Ranches that the Medina family plans to attend to call for the gates to be taken down.
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