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Driver of garbage truck that crashed off overpass, fell into Miami park dies

City manager says Kaseem Smith's cause of death not yet confirmed

Kaseem Smith, who was behind the wheel of a garbage truck that crashed off an overpass and landed in Jose Marti Park, has died.
Kaseem Smith, who was behind the wheel of a garbage truck that crashed off an overpass and landed in Jose Marti Park, has died.

MIAMI – The driver of a garbage truck that fell off an elevated highway and landed in a Miami park last year has died.

Miami city manager Daniel J. Alfonso said in a statement Tuesday that Kaseem Smith died, but his cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

The city garbage truck crashed through the guardrail on the Seventh Street exit ramp from southbound Interstate 95 on Feb. 15, 2016, and landed in the parking lot of Jose Marti Park.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the truck fell more than 100 feet to the ground.

Smith was ejected from the truck and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was treated and released.

Surveillance video from inside the truck showed Smith driving on I-95 and appearing to lose control of the vehicle.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Joe Sanchez told Local 10 News last March that Smith overcorrected after the truck twice veered onto the left curb.

Smith was cited for careless driving and not wearing a seat belt.


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