Fisherman’s mother mourns son after fatal crash on Julia Tuttle Causeway

Mary Williams was overcome with grief after losing her son Daryl Williams Tuesday morning.

The 30-year-old was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was fishing on I-195, known as the Julia Tuttle Causeway —  into Miami Beach.

“From the time he was born, 3 months old, he was on the Fish Creek, because that’s what my family does, we fish,” Mary Williams.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a motorcycle, which was being operated by a 32-year-old man from Miami Beach, rear-ended a scooter that was being driven by Erik Lau, 24, of Hialeah.

According to a traffic report, Lau was ejected from the scooter and the motorcyclist crashed into Daryl Wiliams who was fishing off the bridge. The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle after hitting  Daryl Wiliams, authorities said.

The motorcyclist and Lau were pronounced dead at the scene. Daryl Williams,  who authorities said was illegally fishing off the bridge, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

“I never thought about a car or anything hitting my child,” Mary Williams said.

She sat next to her son’s widow, Treniece on Wedneaday, who didn’t want to speak to Local 10 News.

Mary Williams said that while there are signs warning people that fishing isn’t allowed on the bridge, it is a common sight.

“We’ve been fishing all of our life, and we never give the first thought of the danger,” she said. “He didn’t give it a second thought when he went out that morning.”

Daryl Williams left behind four children, and now his mother is wanting to send this message to everyone who enjoys the sport her son loved. 

 

“I would say, think twice before you do it, especially on a major highway, because it is very dangerous, and it could cost you your life, because it has cost my son his life,” she said. 

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‘Joker’ arrested after pointing gun at passing vehicles, police say

A Miami-Dade County man whose green hair and face tattoos resemble the look of Batman’s nemesis the Joker was arrested Tuesday after pointing a gun at passing vehicles, police said.

Lawrence Sullivan, 29, faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

According to a Miami-Dade police report, police were alerted about a man with green hair and tattoos on his face standing at the corner of Southwest 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard, pointing a gun at passing vehicles.

An officer spotted a man matching that description walking out of the Hammocks Place apartments. When the officer asked the man, later identified as Sullivan, if he was armed, Sullivan said he had a gun in his pocket, police said.

Sullivan told the officer that he didn’t have a permit because it was too expensive, police said.

Among the man’s face tattoos are the words “Joker” stenciled across his forehead, next to a Batman logo with profanity scribbled within it.

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Coast Guard says 7 divers reported missing near Jupiter Inlet found alive

The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that seven divers reported missing near Jupiter have been found alive.

A tweet from the Coast Guard said the divers were reported missing five miles east of the Jupiter Inlet.

Another tweet a few minutes later said two divers were found by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office marine unit, while the other five were found by a good Samaritan.

No injuries were reported.

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Fatal fire at BP gas station in Dania Beach

A person died Tuesday after a car crashed into a pump Tuesday night at a BP gas station in Dania Beach, Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. 

A car hit a gas pump at about 9:21 p.m.  in the 700 block of South Federal Highway. 

No one else was pumping gas at the time. 

Both Hollywood Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue crews worked to put out the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

 

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Man beats woman after stealing iPhone on bus in Miami, police say

A woman was beaten after a man stole her iPhone on April 18, police said.

The Miami Police Department said the woman was sitting on a Miami-Dade Transit bus on her way to school in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest 14th Street about 6:30 a.m. when the man snatched her iPhone from her hand, got off the bus and ran north on Northwest Third Avenue.

Police said the victim chased the man for a few blocks before losing sight of him and returned to the scene of the crime to retrieve her backpack. When she arrived, she saw the thief, approached him and asked for her phone back, but he told her he didn’t have it, police said.

Police said the victim used her Apple Watch to activate the pinging feature on her phone and heard the phone pinging in the man’s pocket.

Police said the man then shoved the victim and struck her repeatedly until they both fell to the ground. The victim struggled for her phone and the man eventually got up and ran away, leaving behind the iPhone, police said.

The thief was last seen wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt with thin white lines, a yellow polo shirt, black cargo pants, black sneakers and a black book bag.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 305-603-6370.

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