A Lyft driver and two associates he had simply picked up after an evening out in Washington D.C. had been killed after they had been hit by an SUV fleeing a site visitors cease, in keeping with a report.
Now, the households of these killed are demanding solutions as to why the SUV — which had racked up over $12,000 in unpaid site visitors tickets — was even allowed to be out on the street.
Olvin Torres Velasquez, 23, had simply gotten off his 14-hour shift at a restaurant in Arlington and was telling his coworkers how excited he was to observe his residence nation of Honduras play soccer that evening, The Washington Submit reported.
After watching Honduras lose, Velasquez and his long-time good friend, Jonathan Cabrera Mendez, went out for a late-night chunk in D.C., Valesquez’s family advised the newspaper.
After an evening out, the pair known as a Lyft within the early hours of Wednesday morning and had been picked up by driver Mohamed Kamara, 42.
As they had been heading residence on the Rock Creek Parkway in Kamara’s Honda, an SUV driver fleeing a site visitors cease slammed into the Lyft killing all three inside, in keeping with police.
The 2 occupants of the SUV, a person and a girl, had been transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening accidents, police mentioned. The identification of the motive force has not been launched and no felony fees had been filed as of Saturday.
The SUV had been cited for $12,300 in unpaid site visitors violations — most of them for dashing, in keeping with site visitors data obtained by WaPo. The tragic crash has sparked a debate whether or not the capital metropolis ought to do extra to maintain repeat offenders off the street.
Leslie Torres, Torres Velasquez’s cousin, advised the paper the household is “outraged.”
“This individual owed $12,000 in tickets, for dashing. Why haven’t the authorities executed one thing?” Torres requested.
D.C. council member Charles Allen, who chairs the council’s transportation planning board, advised WaPo that the District ought to take into account decreasing the brink for reckless driving in addition to booting extra vehicles.
If a cop pulls over a driver and arms out a ticket in-person in D.C., the site visitors offense may end up in a driver’s license level and, if sufficient factors are racked up, the lack of a license, in keeping with the Washington Submit.
Nonetheless, if the violations is caught on a site visitors digicam as they had been with the SUV concerned within the crash, the car can accumulate fines that the automotive proprietor should pay however are capable of retain their licenses.
If a car has racked up two or extra unpaid tickets that haven’t been contested after 30 days, the District has the authority besides, tow or seize them, WaPo reported. However that solely occurs if a site visitors officer spots the car parked in a public place.
The booting and towing staff was severely understaffed final 12 months, Allens mentioned.
Mohamed Fofana, Kamara’s 44-year-old brother-in-law, mentioned the lethal crash involving such an flagrant site visitors offender reveals “a lapse within the system.”
“I don’t need one other household to undergo what we’re going by means of. This didn’t should occur,” he advised the paper.
Leslie Torres mentioned the grieving household is struggling to pay to ship the physique to Honduras whereas additionally ready extra particulars on the investigation.
“If that individual had so many tickets, it meant that individual was a hazard on the streets and eventually this was going to occur,” mentioned Leslie Torres by means of tears. “Why didn’t they act? We ask ourselves, why?”