Shortly before 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Princess Jocelyn Llanos, 24, was southbound in the northbound lanes of the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike, near Northwest 74th Street, said Joe Sanchez, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.South Florida blog Transit Miami is prone to blame virtually every vehicle accident on road design but as this tragic accident illustrates, that is simply not the case. Road design certainly plays a part in some accidents but in South Florida we have way too many drivers like Llanos who arguably needed additional attention and training. For some, even that wouldn't help, but my point is that the human factor, I believe, is too often overlooked by some traffic planners and segments of the public as a significant casual factor in crashes.
As Llanos drove in the wrong direction, her 2006 Nissan Altima crashed into a northbound 2008 Ford F-150 driven by Raymond Howard Jackson Jr., 47, according to FHP.
Jackson wore a seatbelt; Llanos did not. Both died.
FHP was investigating Sunday why Llanos drove the wrong way.
Since 2004, Llanos had received 12 traffic tickets in Miami-Dade, mostly for infractions that included not wearing a seatbelt, illegal window tint and improper lane change. In most cases, the charges were dropped or she pleaded no contest and paid the fine.
In 2010, she was charged with driving under the influence. The charge was dropped.
Two people died yesterday on a straight and dead flat piece of South Florida highway. The investigation that is currently underway will hopefully determine why it happened but I'm willing to bet that it isn't going be the design of the roadway.
I know that most South Floridians realize that we have a lot of really terrible drivers in our midst. That's old news. It's way overdue that we start addressing that problem just as aggressively as we go after bureaucrats and their road designs.