Authorities in Florida claim that a guy drove the wrong way on the expressway, triggering a collision that resulted in the deaths of five persons who were in another car. The guy has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.
According to sources from Local 10 News, Maiky Simeon, who is 30 years old, is currently being treated at a hospital for the injuries he got in the accident. Law enforcement agents are keeping a close eye on him at this time.
As per the authorities, Simeon was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction on the Palmetto Expressway close to Miami. On Saturday morning, about 4:30 a.m., his Infiniti was involved in a collision with a Honda car.
According to the troopers, there were five people total inside the Honda, four ladies and one guy, ranging in age from 18 to 25. They all had died.
According to the Miami Herald, Simeon didn’t have a valid driver’s license when he was taken into custody for driving 109 miles/hour. PEOPLE has verified that the individual in question had his license in the state of Florida revoked, and it has not been restored.
It is unknown if he is represented by an attorney who is permitted to speak on his behalf since he has not yet entered a plea at this time.
The relatives of the five young people who were killed are grieving their loss as the police investigate and seek charges against Simeon.
What we know about the five victims is as follows.
Briana Pacalagua, 19
At the time of the collision, Briana Pacalagua, who had only just graduated from Felix Varela High School, was in the Honda Sedan.
“I wish I told her I loved her more often. I wish I hugged her more,” her sister told NBC Miami. “She was a really hard worker. She was always supportive of everything I wanted to do.”
She echoed her sentiments on a GoFundMe page.
“My sister was a kind, lovely, amazing, sweet, caring and happy person,” her sister wrote on GoFundMe. “She was loved by many people she always had a smile on her face even when times were rough and she’ll put a smile on everyone’s face that surrounded her.”
Daniela Marcano, 19
A few weeks ago, Marcano turned 19 years old and celebrated her birthday with friends and family.
“Every one of us have a bunch of good memories with her and we will cherish those moments like if it was today,” her family friend writes on a GoFundMe. “She had many goals and dreams that now she won’t be able to achieve them. We still can’t believe what happened. She was young, and now she’s gone. We all miss you, Dani. Fly high, our angel.”
In addition to his passion for music and his effervescent sense of humor, he was known to be a loyal friend.
“I saw how you were formed from the womb of your mother,” a family friend wrote on Instagram. “I went to your birth and saw every growth in your life and do not understand the whys of fate… you will remain present in my mind and heart beautiful heavenly princess.”
Another family friend mentioned that the group of friends “lost their lives due to a tragic accident caused by the irresponsibility of a driver who was going the wrong way. The void that these souls are going to leave on their loved ones is going to be huge. None of them deserved this.”
Cáceres dreamed of becoming a photographer and traveling the world.
“On the night of August 20th at 4:30 am my little sister was taken from our hands by a reckless driver,” her family shared on her GoFundMe page. “She was so young and full of life and loved by so many.”
Arias, an art genius, had been admitted to New York University. The party was in honor of him since he had just been awarded a scholarship.
Arias had a portfolio Instagram account where he featured his work. The Miami Herald reported that his artwork has been included in a student art exhibition at the Salvador Dali Museum
“Gian, I never got to tell you how proud I was of you,” a former teacher wrote on Instagram. “You were such a talented role model and a beautiful soul. In my 21 years of teaching, this is the first time I’ve ever felt such a loss.”