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Mother of 4 among victims of horrific Miami Gardens crash, aunt says

2 people died, 5 injured in wreck, videos show cars speeding just before impact

One of the victims pronounced dead at the scene of a crash that injured multiple people and killed 2 was the mother of four children.
One of the victims pronounced dead at the scene of a crash that injured multiple people and killed 2 was the mother of four children.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – All that’s left of a horrific weekend crash is debris from cars scattered everywhere, a tree stump and a few flowers left behind as a memorial.

The fatal crash in Miami Gardens happened early Saturday morning. Neighbors said they were jolted out of their beds by the sounds of the crash. The aunt of one of those pronounced dead at the scene said the 42-year-old woman was a mother of four and had “big dreams.”

When rescue crews arrived on the scene around 2 a.m. in the area of of Northwest 183rd Street and 38th Court, they found a pickup truck overturned and several other cars destroyed.

Miami Gardens Police Department said that two people were killed immediately, and 5 others, who were seriously injured, were taken to area hospitals.

A dispatcher told those responding to the scene that there were “several bodies ejected from a vehicle.”

How the crash happened is still unclear.

Witness Charlie Eason said he was sleeping and heard what sounded like a “big bam.”

Eason lives directly in front of the scene of the crash. He said when he opened his garage, he saw a person lying by the gate.

The person was identified by family members as 42-year-old Taiice Davis. Her aunt, Shazz Browne Mendez, told Local 10 News’ Ian Margol that she leaves behind four children.

“She was ‘super mom.’ She was loving, she was fun, very caring,” Mendez said. “I think right now we’re still numb thinking that it did not happen. We’re hoping it did not happen, like we can wake up and be like, ‘OK, it was a bad dream,” Mendez said, adding that Davis had “big dreams and big goals.”

Mendez was at the scene trying to find out information, she told Local 10 News. “We know absolutely nothing. That’s why I’m out here trying to find out, ‘OK, what happened?’ "

Davis and one other person died at the scene of the crash.

Eason said it was something he won’t soon forget. “I was petrified. I really, really didn’t know what to do. I’ve been here ever since 1970 when I was a little kid because this was my father’s house and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Eason said.

“It was a mess. It was a real mess,” he said.

Local 10 News was told that some cars were racing down the street around the time of the crash.

Videos sent to Local 10 News by several people on Monday show cars speeding down the roadway in that area.

Miami Gardens police said they are still actively investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477 (TIPS).

About the Authors:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.