Lawsuits Filed Against Opa-locka Officer In Fatal Wrong Way Crash
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The family of two people killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 has filed a several wrongful death lawsuit, including one against the Opa-locka officer involved in the chase of the suspect.
The family of Albertson Almase, 31, and his sister Kristina Almase, 26, filed multiple count lawsuits in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Friday.
“Although we cannot bring Albertson and Kristina back, these lawsuits will provide some closure for the families,” according to the families’ attorney Edward R. Blumberg. “These lawsuits highlight the dangers to the public of high speed police chases on busy Miami-Dade County roadways.”
On April 3, Opa-locka Officer Sergio Perez attempted to pull over Willie Dumel, 25, after he made an illegal right hand turn. According to reports, Dumel gave chase and entered I-95.
With police in pursuit, Dumel got on and off the highway and then, according to police, got back on the highway going northbound in the southbound lanes.
The crash happened just north of Ives Dairy Road when Dumel’s Suburban struck and demolished a mini-van with the Almase siblings, along with two others, inside.
Dumel was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.
Almase was in the U.S. Navy and says Kristina Almase was a registered nurse.
According to the lawsuit, The Almases left behind their surviving parents. Kristina Almase leaves behind a four year old daughter.