Police identify victim of bus stop crash in Sunny Isles Beach

Car veered onto sidewalk, striking young family, authorities say

Amir and Zulma Pelleg
Amir and Zulma Pelleg (Facebook)

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. – Police have identified a man who was killed after a car slammed into a bus stop and struck his young family Sunday in Sunny Isles Beach. 

Detective Argemis Colome, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said Joseph Franco, 26, lost control of his Honda Odyssey about 8 p.m. on Collins Avenue near 174th Street. Franco's car veered onto the sidewalk and slammed into a bus stop, killing Amir Pelleg, 34, Colome said.

Pelleg's wife, Zulma, his 6-year-old daughter and his 2-year-old daughter were seriously hurt in the crash, Colome said.

The children were airlifted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood. Their mother was taken to another area hospital.

Witnesses said the girls were crying and calling out for their mother after the crash.

Colome said Franco stayed at the scene of the crash.

Police are still investigating why Franco veered onto the sidewalk.