07/15/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Miami-Dade County, FL—The identities of five people killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash involving a stolen Infiniti were released yesterday, nearly a week after the accident occurred in Southwest Miami-Dade. Officials said the deadly wreck occurred on Thursday June 8, 2010 after one of the vehicle’s occupants attempted to cash a fraudulent check, which prompted bank employees to notify police of the “suspicious activity,” according to information provided by the Palm Beach Post.
Reports indicated 23-year-old Kenny Phillips was at the wheel of a stolen Infinity when the car pulled into a bank drive-through, located at 13701 SW 152nd Street.
According to Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), one person in the car then tried to cash a counterfeit check, leading the bank to become skeptical of the transaction and call 911. However, the stolen car fled the scene before officers had a chance to question its occupants.
Nonetheless, a police officer caught sight of the stolen vehicle and subsequently attempted to pull it over. When the deputy exited his squad car, Phillips made a U-turn in an attempt to further elude authorities.
Another officer also noticed the fleeing vehicle as it sped through a red light at the intersection of Southwest 122nd Avenue and 152nd Street. By the time the vehicle approached 119th Avenue, Phillips seemingly lost control, crashing it into several trees before it burst into flames near the Miami Zoo.
Five Miami-Dade residents lost their lives in the motor vehicle accident. The victims were identified as Kenny Phillips, 23; Rosemary Sierra, 44; Shaprelle Woods, 28; Raven Davis, 18; and Nathaniel Ward IV, 23.
The medical examiners office contended that with the exclusion of Sierra, who died of injuries and burns sustained in the accident, the remaining four victims were killed on impact.
According to Patrick Woods, Shaprelle’s brother, “My sister (didn’t) know what was going on, and she lost her life because her friend said ride to the bank to cash a check.” Woods alleged his sister was not acquainted with the majority of the people inside the car but went along for the ride nonetheless.
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