MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A seven-year-old boy was killed in a crash between a car and pickup truck in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Now the pastor of his mother’s church has created a GoFundMe page to generate funds for hospital and funeral-related expenses, saying the mother had come to the U.S. from Guatemala and was the sole support of the children.
It happened at Bird Road and SW 92nd Avenue.
Miami-Fire Rescue said the crash involved six people, two were taken to the hospital as trauma alerts. One of the injured is a three-year-old child who is in critical condition.
The Florida Highway Patrol identified that child as Dasia Tomas. FHP says her Mother—-32-year-old Yamileth “Yamy” Miranda—-was driving the Toyota Camry. Her 7-year-old son Christian Tomas lost his life.
A 14-year-old who was in the truck is being treated for minor injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a Ford F 150 was heading west on Bird Road and the Toyota Camry was heading east. When the Camry was turning on SW 92nd Avenue, the truck crashed into the rear right side of the car.
FHP says 24-year-old Melissa Vasquez was driving the Ford F-150 and her passengers were 25-year-old Rosa Exposito and 14-year-old Sabrina Martinez.
A friend of a family involved in the crash said the young child who died was thrown from the car. He and others from a Kendall church went to the accident scene and then to the hospital.
“When I heard the news that the kid flew out of the vehicle, I cannot imagine. I have small children. I cannot. I still don’t underhand. It’s hard to register,” said Angel Mesa.
“It’s very sad when you see members that attend the church go through a hard time. These are people that give their life to God. These are people who are helping others in need,” he added.
Pastor Yader Simpson of the Church of Jesus Christ the Almighty told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “Nobody expected this to happen ever to one our family members. She is going to have to face this on her own as we have not seen her husband in years. She is a good mother who was always working hard for her children.”
“Now we have created a GoFundme page that is called Help Yamileth,” he said. “We are asking for the community to come together and help one of us.”
Click here if you would like to help the family with funeral expenses.
Iris Chavez, a friend of Miranda, said, “It hurts and it saddens me because she is a good person. She has been alone in this country and has struggled. Her husband was deported 3 months ago and he was on his way back to her but unfortunately immigration caught him and it is said he is detained in Houston. She was coming home from church when the accident happened. She is a great mother and gives everything to her children. Please everyone take reactions. 40th Street is not a racetrack.”
The FHP has not said who was at fault in the crash.