DAVIE, FL. – According to wsbtv.com, a Florida father and his 5-year-old daughter were struck and killed by a vehicle while trick-or-treating on Halloween, according to an online news report from wsbtv.com.
On Halloween night, 46-year-old Carlos Alvarado Amaya took his two daughters, ages 2 and 5, trick-or-treating in Davie, Florida. They were trying to cross a street in a crosswalk and were struck by a Cadillac. Amaya and the 5-year-old girl died at the scene. The 2-year-old girl was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Both girls’ names have been released by local media but withheld from this article for privacy reasons.
Authorities said the driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Jocelin Butterfield, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, saw the three in the crosswalk but could not stop in time to avoid hitting them. Police said the three walked into the path of Butterfield’s vehicle. There is no indication Butterfield was intoxicated or speeding at the time of the accident, police say, and there are currently no charges pending against her.
Amaya was a landscaper originally from El Salvador. The 5-year-old girl was a kindergartener, and it was her first-time trick-or-treating. Amaya’s wife (and mother of both girls), Maria Orellana Cruz, said she does not know how to cope with the loss.
“I’m left here, along with my kids,” said Cruz, who also has a 15-year-old son. “I don’t know how I’ll be able to send two bodies back to El Salvador. I don’t want to leave them here [because] he has all his family in El Salvador.”
The investigation is ongoing, and no additional information has been released at this time.
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