Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Weekend accidents keep police busy

It was a violent weekend on Florida Keys roads: Two people were killed, two were injured, one man was charged with leaving the scene of a hit-and-run fatality and another driver nearly collided with a police car head-on -- all in separate incidents.

Hit-and-run fatality

Jose Luis Coss-Feliz, 44, of Key West, was charged with leaving the scene of a death in a hit-and-run wreck on Boca Chica Key on Saturday.

Oscar Izaguirre, 32, whose residence was not listed on the report, was killed when he was struck by a white Ford Ranger pickup truck as he stood on the northbound, paved shoulder of U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 9, near the Boca Chica Airfield, according to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Monroe County sheriff's deputies found a pickup truck fitting the description on Third Street in Key West around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, reports say. Coss-Feliz was arrested at that time.

Deputies took a blood sample, but reports do not indicate whether alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Coss-Feliz is being held without bond in the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island.

Miami teenager killed

In the Upper Keys, Caristinia Carles, 17, of Miami, was killed in a rollover wreck around 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Card Sound Road, reports say.

Carles was traveling north when she apparently lost control of a 2009 Honda and struck a guardrail before coming to rest in the mangroves just south of Card Sound Bridge, reports say.

There were no other vehicles involved in the wreck, and alcohol didn't appear to be a factor, reports say.

Islamorada crash

About 20 minutes later, Gilbert Naranjo, 19, of Miramar, apparently lost control of a Ford pickup truck on U.S. 1 in Islamorada as he was driving southbound at about 65 mph, said FHP Trooper Daniel Caulk. The speed limit through Islamorada is 45 mph, Caulk said.

Naranjo was carrying about 500 pounds of ceramic floor tile in the truck when he attempted to pass a slower vehicle by moving into the center turn lane, Caulk said. The slower vehicle also moved into the center lane, forcing Naranjo to steer back into the right lane, at which point the pickup flipped and rolled four times, Caulk said.

Naranjo was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, where he remains in critical, but stable condition, Caulk said.

A passenger in the truck, Lisandra Seijo, 17, of Miami, was taken to Mariners Hospital with minor injuries, Caulk said.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident, Caulk said.

A near miss

Later Sunday evening, a 45-year-old Deerfield Beach man was arrested on charges of reckless driving, DUI and driving with no license after he nearly hit a deputy's patrol car on U.S. 1 near Marathon, according to reports. Francisco Aparicio allegedly failed all roadside sobriety exercises and had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 -- nearly three times the legal limit, reports say.

Three separate witnesses called 911 just before 9 p.m. to report a white Toyota Tacoma truck driving recklessly, reports say. A deputy said the truck passed him going about 80 mph, reports say. Another deputy reported the truck nearly hit him head-on near Mile Marker 56.5.

Deputies caught up to the truck and allegedly saw it swerve completely across the road, onto the opposite shoulder and back again, before moving into the northbound lane, almost hitting another vehicle head-on, reports say.

Deputies allegedly found an open bottle of vodka that was three-quarters empty inside the truck.

Aparicio was arrested and is being held without bond.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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