Florida: 5 people killed in a car accident in Miami-Dade County, according to the Highway Patrol
A man has been arrested in the deaths of five people – all under the age of 25 – who were killed in a reverse car crash early Saturday morning in Miami-Dade County, Florida, officials say.
Maiky Simeon, 30, was arrested on multiple counts of driving homicide, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Simeon was driving at high speed in the wrong direction for at least a mile before hitting a vehicle head-on, according to an affidavit. All five passengers in this vehicle died.
“There were no skid marks prior to the collision” or “evidence on the roadway to indicate that the defendant took evasive action to avoid the accident,” according to the affidavit.
CNN was unable to determine whether Simeon retained the services of an attorney.
There were four women and one man between the ages of 18 and 25 in the Honda, according to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho.
“All 5 died on the spot as a result of the collision,” he said earlier in an email to CNN. “The wrong-way driver (adult male) was airlifted to Ryder Trauma with serious injuries.”
The names of the victims will not be released immediately, Camacho said, because “this is now a criminal investigation.”
Simeon remains hospitalized and will be jailed once released, according to the Highway Patrol.
Troopers are awaiting a toxicology report “to determine if the impairment was a contributing plant,” the Highway Patrol said in a statement. If Simeon was intoxicated at the time of the accident, further charges could be filed.
The westbound lanes of State Road 826, where the crash occurred, were closed for about seven hours, Camacho said.