MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Despite heroic efforts by good Samaritans, a three-year-old boy could not be saved after the minor ended up pinned under a vehicle Friday afternoon in Homestead.
Police said a driver lost control, as the vehicle was heading north in 300th block US 1, and it ended up plowing into a roadside Valentine’s Day stand.
Florida Highway Patrol accident investigators were working into the night sorting out what happened.
“I heard everybody screaming and I just ran over there, I saw them trying to lift the car, I didn’t know why,” said good Samaritan, Alex Correa.
Correa is a mechanic who was working across the street. He quickly learned everyone was trying to lift the car because a young boy was trapped underneath.
“All the people just trying to lift the car. One guy got a pipe, I don’t know from where he put it under and that helped a little bit. We all just lift on the passenger side,” Correa said.
At the same time, another mechanic ran over with a heavy-duty jack to help, but before he could get there the boy had been pulled out.
“One of the guys went under and actually slid him out because we barely lift the tire a little bit, so he could get out. It’s something, honestly, I’ve never seen anything like that.
The boy was airlifted to Kendall Regional Hospital.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirms the boy did not survive. People on the scene believe he was under the Valentine Tent with his parents when it happened. For those who tried to help, it’s tough news to hear.
“I wish I could have done more, do something quicker. Sometimes, it just happens,” Correa said.
The driver of a gray Dodge Charger remained at the scene.
“He was clearly upset and on the floor crying. He could not handle himself,” said witness Shelly Hart.
No word on what may have caused the driver of the Charger to lose control.
No charges have been filed at this point, as the FHP continues to investigate.