Woman driving 101 mph just before crash that killed boy, records show

Melissa Vasquez charged nearly a year after fatal accident

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida woman charged nearly a year after a 7-year-old boy was killed in a car crash appeared in bond court Thursday.

Melissa Vasquez, 24, who is now 6 months pregnant, is being held in lieu of a $30,000 bond after being charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving.

Judge Mindy S. Glazer told Vasquez via her video arraignment that after reviewing the arrest affidavit, "These are very serious allegations.”

The fatal crash happened last summer on Bird Road in Miami-Dade County and left the boy’s mother and sister also injured.

Detectives said Vasquez was the driver of a Ford F-150 on Bird Road and Southwest 92nd Avenue that was left mangled after the collision.

Court documents obtained by Local 10 show how fast Vasquez was driving the pickup truck before it violently crashed into the Toyota Camry driven by Yamileth Miranda:

  • 5 seconds prior to impact, 95.3 miles per hour
  • 4 seconds prior to impact, 97 miles per hour
  • 3 seconds to impact, 98.5 miles per hour
  • 2 seconds to impact 99.9 miles per hour
  • 1 second prior to impact, 101.2 miles per hour
  • Moment of impact, 82.7 miles per hour.

The speed limit in that area is 40 mph.

Inside the Camry was Miranda, 32, her 3-year-old daughter, Daisa, and her 7-year-old son, Christian, who was killed.

Troopers said all were wearing seat belts, but the impact was so violent that both children were ejected from the vehicle.

The young boy was decapitated from the accident, according to an investigator’s report. Miranda’s daughter was injured so severely, she went into a coma and had to be placed on a ventilator for about four days.

Miranda was also injured in the crash. Investigators said the single mother was trying to make a left turn onto Bird Road when she was hit.

Surveillance video showed a black truck similar to Vasquez’s, appearing to be speeding down Bird Road moments before the crash.

Vasquez and her two passengers survived the crash.

Vasquez turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday.

If Vasquez does make bond she will be released and have to wear a GPS ankle monitor, she will be on house arrest and she won’t be allowed to drive.

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