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For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2016
Media Contact:
Jennifer Smith
Lidia Amoretti


Ryder Trauma Center Partners with Organizations in Hopes of Preventing Tragedy on the Roads this Holiday Season

Jackie Gonzalez, sister of Caroline Agreda, killed by a drunk driver in 2014
Dr. Nicholas Namias, UHealth-University of Miami Health System trauma surgeon, and medical director of Ryder Trauma Center
Dr. Gabriel Ruiz, UHealth trauma surgeon
Helen Witty, victim advocate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Joe Sanchez, spokesman, Florida Highway Patrol


In April 2014, 17-year-old Caroline Agreda and her friend, 17-year-old, Anapaula Saldana, were in a fender-bender. A Good Samaritan, 45-year-old Eduardo Hernandez, stopped on the side of the road to help them. A car being driven by Christopher Masferrer, a Marine Corps veteran, plowed into them as they stood on the side of the road. All three were killed on impact.

Masferrer, 33, was recently convicted in a Miami-Dade courtroom. His sentence: 15 years in prison, followed by eight years of parole and the loss of driving privileges for the rest of his life.

“Life is still a blur to me, I live in disbelief - I can't even say my sister's name without getting emotional. It's been two-and-a-half years, and you would think that it would get easier, but instead it only gets more difficult,” said Jackie Gonzalez, Agreda’s sister, in a recent court hearing. “To know that with each passing year, it's another year without her -- without her contagious laugh, her stories, and her dreams.”

Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital is partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to raise awareness about drunk and drugged driving in hopes of preventing another tragedy on the roads this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety, 28 people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.

This holiday season, MADD is asking drivers to display a red ribbon in a visible location in their vehicle to remind others to always designate a non-drinking driver.

On Tuesday, December 20 at 10 a.m., Jackie Gonzalez will join UHealth trauma surgeons and representatives from MADD to encourage people to avoid drinking and driving during the holidays. FHP will conduct demonstrations of their rollover crash simulator.

When: December 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Jackson Memorial Hospital
Alamo Park
1611 N.W. 12 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can in Park Plaza West Garage (Green Garage)

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136