Police: DUI, speed are factors in crash that killed 8-year-old boy

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Dash cam video captured a horrific crash involving three cars that claimed the life of an 8-year-old boy and kept the intersection of Eastern and Harmon avenues closed for most of Friday.

Mykkyla Rodriguez’s dash cam was rolling as she approached a red light while heading north on E Eastern Avenue. 

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The video shows southbound traffic stopping and westbound Harmon traffic starts through the intersection.

A red Camaro can be seen driving through the red light and slamming into a gray sedan. According to the police report, the female driver, identified as 25-year-old Aylin Alvarez-Perez, was “grossly exceeding the speed limit.” 

Police say the three people in the car were a mother and father, both injured and the 8-year-old boy in the backseat.

Investigators say the child was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital.

“Speed kills, and today, a testimony to that is a family that now has to bury a child,” said Capt. Nick Farese, Metro Traffic Bureau.

Alvarez-Perez was booked on charges of DUI and reckless driving.

“Sad. Sad. It’s sad, it’s somebody in a hurry and they don’t want to obey the lights, and now nobody will get anywhere,” said Audreen Connors.

Police say the initial collision caused the sedan to careen into a third vehicle injuring two other people. A total of four people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of the Camaro.

Police say the driver of the Camaro may have also run another red light prior to the crash.

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