A Florida man drove a person to death on Interstate 95.
Miami Gardens, Florida – A Florida man is accused of crashing two cars while driving in the wrong direction on a highway in Miami Gardens. The life of a passenger traveling in one of the cars is in danger.
Florida Highway Patrol officers said in a statement that a man named Irwin Rockwell was charged with driving the wrong direction on Interstate 95 and causing the death of another person.
“Some people saw him turning back on Interstate 95 and driving south into a northbound lane,” said FHP Lieutenant Alex Camacho.
The accident caused by Irwin Rockwell occurred on the freeway near the Golden Glades intersection at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday.
According to FHP officials, the Rockwell Subaru SUV crashed into the car and went into a wall. The car that Rockwell crashed into fell from a height of 300 feet and caught fire.
“The driver was said to have died in the burning car,” Camacho said. The victim’s body has not been identified due to severe burns. However, he was known to be male.
Ed Gonzalez, who was in the passenger seat of the smashed and burnt car, miraculously survived and was taken to the safe zone by a local police officer. Gonzalez was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and declared critical.
Speaking to Local 10 News about Gonzalez’s condition, Liana Socuhet’s niece said, “She has now had her fourth surgery and the fight for her life continues.”
The Gonzales family is praying for him to hold on to life.
“No family expects that,” said his father, William Gonzalez. William is a father who loves his son very much and prays for him. “Even if he doesn’t come out of surgery like before, we’ll take care of him again, the love of our family requires it,” he said.
“I am grateful to the man who saved him,” Adam Gonzalez, son of Gonzalez, told Local 10 News.
Rockwell survived, but was also seriously injured.
Rockwell was taken to prison handcuffed Thursday by FHP officers. Meanwhile, Rockwell’s injuries were evident and he was wearing a neck brace.
Rockwell was charged with drive-by murder. However, his charge could turn into murder using a DUI vehicle after a toxicology report. Some officers heard Rockwell’s words, “You were late last night.” After investigation, they found a beer bottle in Rockwell’s car and found marijuana.
A Rockwell trial move to Monday is required so there may be additional charges. According to an attorney present at the court, Rockwell was questioned once or twice on bilateral grounds.
Rockwell is being held without bail until a hearing scheduled for Monday.
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