One person died and six more were injured after an elderly woman reversed her car into a diner at a posh Miami Beach restaurant as she attempted to parallel park, leaving frightened employees and customers to scramble to rescue those trapped under him, including the child.
The video, filmed by 13-year-old twins Miles and Noah Britton from Vermont, shows moments immediately after the tragic accident. An elderly Bentley can be seen sprawled on the sidewalk on Washington Avenue in trendy South Beach as customers and employees scramble to the back of the car, where the three-year-old and “several” other people are trapped under the heavy vehicle. .
“A car just crashed right here,” one of the twins is heard screaming in the video. “Give them some space, give them some space.”
According to Miles, who spoke to WSVN, a mob of people are trying to get the car off “several people” and succeeded.
“Everyone starts getting things out of the way and everything and they pushed just enough to get the person out,” Miles told WSVN. “I was very surprised when it happened right in front of my eyes.”
Another witness described in detail the moment they pulled the little boy out from under the car. Robert DeBurro told WPLG 10: “A little boy and a few people were trapped under a car. We grabbed the car – a bunch of people grabbed the car – and counted one, two, three, and lifted the car, and the waiter pulled the little boy out, and in a few minutes – seconds, really – the police were here and the ambulances. were here.’
Employees and customers rushed to push the car into “several people”, including a three-year-old boy, after an unidentified elderly woman crashed into a restaurant after hitting the gas instead of the brake while parallel parking in Miami Beach.
People rushed to the car to help as tables and drinks were strewn across the ground.
Another witness, Robert Witness, reported on social media that dozens of police cars and ambulances arrived at the scene. An aerial video posted to Twitter also showed flashing lights and ambulances racing towards the scene.
The accident happened just after 6:00 p.m. outside Call Me Gaby, an Italian restaurant, which resulted in tables being knocked over and napkins strewn across the pavement.
When the elderly female driver was turning back, she accelerated without warning and crashed into several tables, police said.
A long line of ambulances rushed to the restaurant, where seven were injured.
Police have not identified the driver and have not said if she will be charged.
Witness Clement Lautier shared a video showing smoke and people fleeing the restaurant.
Seven people were taken to hospital, including a three-year-old boy, many on stretchers. One of them later died from his injuries.
A car that looks like a Bentley can be seen on the sidewalk surrounded by police tape.
An elderly woman parked at the entrance to Call Me Gaby (pictured) lost control of the car she was driving and crashed into diners on the street.
A police tape was quickly installed along Washington Avenue and the road was closed to drivers.
Miami Beach Police tweeted details of the incident on Wednesday evening.
Police have not identified either the deceased victim or any of the injured.
“I will never eat outside a restaurant on a busy street again, I just watched a car crash into people eating on the street in Miami Beach,” Ryan tweeted.
As a result, the street had to be closed while the police and other first responders investigated, stating that local 10.
One Twitter user wrote of his shock at witnessing the drama unfold.
Washington Street in Miami Beach was closed after the incident
Miami Beach police have instructed the public to avoid the area, which has been closed due to an investigation, NBC Miami reports.
Three hours after the accident, overturned tables, cloth napkins and evidence markers are strewn along the sidewalk outside the restaurant.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber called it “a devastating tragedy.”
“Our entire city mourns for all the victims and their families,” the statement said.
attempted to contact Miami Beach Police and Call Me Gaby for comment.