Third Person Dies In Deadly US-27 Crash

WESTON (CBS4) – A deadly crash on U.S. 27 Thursday has claimed a third victim, and for the first time on camera, a survivor’s mother is speaking out about this “tragic loss of life.”

Anthony Perez, 19, of Miramar died Friday at Broward Medical Center from his injuries. FHP released the name of the second victim who died earlier Friday. He was identified as Dairon Ledesma, 15, also from Hialeah.

Perez was one of three people killed, with four others seriously injured, when a tractor-trailer slammed into two cars on U.S. 27 early Thursday morning.

“My son is completely distraught because of what happened,” said the mother of one survivor. “He’s recuperating. We feel terrible about this loss of life. It’s a devastating tragedy, this loss of life. My heart goes out to the family.”

She did not want to be identified but she told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It’s been hard for me to be even 100 percent gratified that I have my son when I think of the loss of such young lives that have or had their whole lives ahead of them.”

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. about 6 miles north of Interstate 75.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said Placid Ferdinand, 42, was heading north on U.S. 27 in his 18-wheeler when he noticed an Acura Integra and a Honda Civic stopped side by side on the highway ahead of him.

Ferdinand hit the brakes but was not able to stop in time before crashing into both of the cars.

On Friday, the survivor’s mother wanted to speak out because she said the two cars were not side by side. She said her son and others on the scene told her that the Honda Civic was in front of the Acura Integra.

“They should be investigating why didn’t that truck stop?” asked the survivor’s mother. “Why didn’t he use that empty lane to go around them? If I have an empty lane or even the median where I can avoid hitting someone, I would use it if I were paying attention.”

“I hope that there will be a thorough investigation by FHP,” she said. She said she had hired an attorney who was looking into the circumstances surrounding the crash and whether the truck driver might have been distracted by something just before the accident happened.

Two of the passengers in the Integra were killed in the crash. According to police, 19-year-old Ileana E. Mira from Hialeah was one of the victims.

The 18-year-old driver, Raymon Garcia, received serious injuries. Garcia is a student at Miami Springs High School.

Emily, also a student at Miami Springs High school, said Garcia had “a nice car so he drove pretty fast sometimes.”

“Guys do a bunch of stupid stuff all the time,” Emily said. “I know a lot of people who race but I didn’t think much of it, you know. I know it’s dangerous but I never thought he would get into a car accident.”

The driver of the Civic, 18-year-old Angel Lazo, also received serious injuries. His passenger, 19-year-old Matthew Foreman, was treated and released.

Three of the injured were taken to Broward General Medical Center, including Perez; the fourth was airlifted to North Broward Medical Center.

Ferdinand and his passenger, Sandy Ferdinand, 47, received only minor injuries.

The mother of Matthew Foreman said she was told both cars were stopped on the road because one driver was telling the other driver he was having car trouble and was pulling over.

However, FHP is investigating whether both vehicles were stopped and may have been racing.

All six teenagers are from the Miami area, CBS4’s Joan Murray reported.

  • Mike

    This entire situation is a a shame. Although, this is not Cuba and cannot stop and block both lanes on a major highway. I have had this happen to me driving around Miami. People will just “stop” on a 45-50 mph road and sit there. When I blow the horn, they get mad like it’s my fault and want to fight. People also think it’s ok to pass on the shoulder on the turnpike. Miami has the third world mentality and it’s a shame. I remember Miami way back when everyone spoke English and it was not like this.

    • Neutral1

      Seriously look at the facts before you make this coments. Look at the pictures all vehicles involved have rear end damage. I’m no genius, but that says to me they were stopped in front of each other. Looks like the driver of the tractor trailer is trying to cover up his mess to me since he was the only one speaking to police since everyone else was transported to the hospital.

  • LIly

    What does speaking English have to do with this terrible accident? People like you, Mike are the reason why Miami can’t progress.. you blame and blame people but do nothing about it. Just be one less to stop in the turnpike.

  • John

    People really need to pay attention to their kids when they have these little cars which they think are made for racing. These cars are not made for that and hopefully these kids were not gonna race. It is very sad but I see it all the time on US-27 because I live 2 minutes from there in Pembroke Pines. Every night I see trucks driving through there sometimes crazy but for the most part ok. If you have ever driven on there at night, some areas are poorly lit and I can definitely see how something like this would happen. Unfortunately it claimed the lives of these beautiful kids. RIP and god bless the families on their losses.

  • Joseph L

    the way i see it is its all sad. however in Miami teens are known for dragging. second the truck driver appears to have had apmple time to stop or switch lanes and did not its lik he blacked out. either way its no excuse. let the law enforcement do their investigation, but if there was evidence of car trouble then that should say that the trucker intentionally hit them when there was a way to aviod. prayers to all involved and those that lost. God Bless them . as one recall they had similar problems in Orange county contributed to drag racing.

  • observerfromupnorth

    First off what is a 15 year old doing out at 12:30am should have been home. As for the truck driver you have no clue what kind of load he was carrying, or even know what would happen if had swerved, that trailer could have jack knifed went into another lane etc…. The fault clearly lies with these children being stopped on the freeway, not acceptable, turn your flashers on for emergencies people are trained to drive and flashing lights grab their attention. If they were just sitting on this road beginning to race their lights are sometimes off as to not draw attention to what was going to happen.

  • Love

    How dare you blame the kids.Did you ever think that someone who knows the victimes may read this, such as myself? You have no idea what the situation was. If you don’t have anything nice to say just keep your mouth shut. RIP Anthony and the two other victims.

    • m

      Thank u love… My cousin was one of the deceased.

  • Tata

    You know a 19 year old has the right to be out later than 12:30am they are over age. It is not their fault and who are you to even talk about it when you weren’t even there? How the he’ll do you know there hazards weren’t on? You have to be blind or just have problems if you don’t see that it was clearly the truck drivers fault no matter who was in the Acura or the Honda. From an old man to the youngest child. They were not at fault. Defending the truck driver really? That’s is very dumb to not use another word. No matter what load he has on his damn truck that does not matter he should have been more alert and paying attention to the road. If this was someone you knew that was in the Acura or Honda I’m pretty sure you would hate the truck driver instead of defending him! The truck driver is at fault and he has his life unlike my great friend; Anthony and the 2 other victims that lost their lives. Instead of blaming the children maybe you should say more positive thing for the sake of his family and friends which loved them more than life itself..


    my sister was involved in the accident ; she was in the white acura and was one of the first to pass away . i know everyone that was involved in this and dam well know they weren’t racing if they were on the side of the rode one in front of the other ?? how thew hell does that even make sense first of all and i went myself to the spot where it happened . the truck left brake marks but he was on the road and all of a sudden leand to the right ? for what ?? careless driving . rip Ileana Anthony and Darion i love you guys and miss you .

  • KING

    Why weren’t they home sleeping and getting their rest to go to school the following day? What’s a fifteen year-old doing with guys at that time of the day and on non-street racing car? Cubans for the most part have to stop pretending to be Jason Statham and think they can drive when they really don’t know how to. Look at both cars, the ages of those who passed away. Were they racing/about to race or they were going to Wal-Mart to buy school supplies. Parents need to pay more attention on their kids’ friends, where they’re heading and be a little more strict. Some things don’t change, though. In conclusion, my blessings and regards to the families of those who passed away.

  • the15yearoldaunt

    how can you leave such a comment. im the aunt of the 15 year old and you dont know how we feel with this lost and the other families that lost and the ones that are in shock if you dont have nothing nice to say dont say shit at all.
    it seems that you are one of those person’s that have something to say without knowing nothing at all. were you there? NO RIGHT. then shut the hell up.

  • Joey

    Okeechobee has Illegal street racing right infront of sunoco and further south at the curve every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. The cops come EVERY SINGLE one of those days and raids the gas station. Everyone then migrates over to the curve and races till the cops raid that too, helicopters, srt8 chargers the whole 9! Sunday morning is for the motorcycles. These two cars were obviously NOT racing if they were stationed one behind the other stopped. They simply went to go watch the races on a wednesday like I have done for the past year and got smashed by some retard who was eating crap and rammed a car in the back on the SERVICE LANE!!!!!!!!!!!! The trucker was at fault here. I know Raymon Garcia, not too well but I know him. Whoever goes there just go to the track. BE SAFE!

  • Karina

    Iam Dairon Ledesma best friend ive been told by the other survivor sister that they were heading back to hialeah to go home , the black vehicle told the white vehicle to follow them to check on the car because they were having troubles , as they were pulling over the truck smashes into them , and that is the facts because how would the white car smash into the black car from the back if they were supposebly side by side ? That i do not believe cause from the pictures you see the black vehicle infront of the white vehicle smashed from the front and back , sucks to see that my friend and others lost they’re lives , and the truck driver cannot even admit the wrong he did , its sad to see how careless people can be now in days and that am referring to the truck driver , may Dairon Ledesma and the others Rest In Peace , March 8, 1995 – December 9, 2010

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