Joe Martinez sponsored a resolution (which passed) to name a road after a young girl involved in a tragic accident. Yes, it is so sad that this girl died. It should be noted she was driving illegally with a restricted license at 11 pm, without an adult in the car. There is also a man involved in this accident. He had retrograde amnesia, was in a coma for at least a month, will never be able to use his right arm, he lost his good job and can never work again. He has over $1,000,000 in medical bills.
The police report says it is unclear who was at fault as there were no witnesses. They do know he was going straight but she might have been making a left or going straight. The homicide report might determine who is at fault. We don’t have that information.
What is the Miami Dade County criteria for street naming? If someone is driving illegally and might be at fault (we do not know) in a major, tragic accident, is it proper to name a street after them? Couldn’t Joe Martinez have waited till the dust settled on this one? Remember Joe with much fanfare recently, had to remove a street name, Jose Canseco, when drug use came into the picture.