First Victim In Florida Bridge Collapse Identified As 18-Year-Old Student

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March 16, 2018

The first of the victims of the tragic pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida has been identified as 18-year-old Florida International University student, Alexa Duran. Duran was a freshman at the school and was majoring in Political Science.

Duran's father, Orlando Duran told El Nuevo Herald: "My little girl was trapped in the car and couldn’t get out. She died when the bridge collapsed on top of her car."

Alexa and friend Richie Humble were returning from a Doctor's appointment and were stopped at a red light when the bridge collapsed. The Toyota SUV they were riding in was crushed by the falling steel and concrete, but only the driver's side roof collapsed. Humble was able to escape but could not save his friend.

A friend of Alexa’s told the Miami Herald "that Richie, who suffered several injuries to his neck and leg, was able to survive because his side of the car was not as badly crushed as Alexa’s.

"Richie revealed the moment the bridge collapsed on to them. He told the Today show: ‘We were parked at a red light and I started to hear the bridge creak, so I look up and I saw the bridge falling on top of us.'"

To read more about this tragic loss, see the video, below.

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