Three Soccer Players Killed While Boarding Bus
Three teens were killed while walking to a bus that was to take them to a soccer tournament by a woman who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
The CBS Local station in Miami reported on Wednesday, May 29th that Miami Police Department investigators allege that Miriam Coulibaly struck and killed the teens who were all members of the Little Haiti Football Club on an expired license.
The accident happened at approximately 5:15 a.m. in the area of NE 125th Street and 13th Place in North Miami. Surveillance video near the scene of the crash showed the teens walking over the tracks. A short time later, Coulibaly’s vehicle can be seen traveling at a high rate of speed across the tracks. Just outside of the range of the surveillance camera is where the three boys were struck and killed by Coulibaly.
The victims have been identified as Gedeon Desir, 13, Lens Desir 15, and Richecarde Dumay, 17. Their loss is being felt by fellow teammates, their classmates, and throughout the community. All three boys emigrated with their parents from Haiti in search of a better life in the United States.
According to reports from CBS, Coulibaly works part-time at the Body Miami Club as an exotic dancer. It is unclear whether she was working the night of the fatal accident. According to Brett Rosen, an attorney representing the Desir family, at the time of the deadly crash, Coulibaly had a blood alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
A spokesperson for the North Miami Police Department said that the suspect is now under guard at Aventura Hospital while she recovers from injuries she sustained in the crash. She is now facing three counts of DUI manslaughter and three counts of vehicular homicide. Once she is discharged from the hospital, she will be booked into jail while awaiting trial.