Florida Senate - 2012 (NP) CS for SB 16 By the Committee on Rules; and Senator Braynon 595-04181-12 201216c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Ronnie Lopez and Roberto 3 Guzman as co-personal representatives of the Estate of 4 Ana-Yency Velasquez, deceased, and for Ronnie Lopez, 5 Jr., Ashley Lorena Lopez-Velasquez, and Steven Robert 6 Guzman, minor children of Ana-Yency Velasquez, by 7 Miami-Dade County; providing for an appropriation to 8 compensate the estate and the minor children for the 9 death of Ana-Yency Velasquez as a result of the 10 negligence of an employee of Miami-Dade County; 11 providing a limitation on the payment of fees and 12 costs; providing an effective date. 13 14 WHEREAS, Ronnie Lopez, co-personal representative of the 15 Estate of Ana-Yency Velasquez, deceased, is the father of Ronnie 16 Lopez, Jr., age 5, and Ashley Lorena Lopez-Velasquez, age 4, and 17 Ana-Yency Velasquez, deceased, was the mother of Ronnie Lopez, 18 Jr., and Ashley Lorena Lopez-Velasquez, and 19 WHEREAS, Roberto Guzman, co-personal representative of the 20 Estate of Ana-Yency Velasquez, deceased, is the father of minor 21 child, Steven Robert Guzman, age 9, and Ana-Yency Velasquez, 22 deceased, was the mother of Steven Robert Guzman, and 23 WHEREAS, on February 23, 2009, a Miami-Dade County Police 24 Officer, when driving his marked police unit through an 25 intersection, failed to obey a posted stop sign and also did not 26 engage his lights or sirens, and 27 WHEREAS, protocol for the Miami-Dade County Police 28 Department requires that lights and sirens be engaged whenever 29 any police vehicle is in pursuit of another vehicle, and 30 WHEREAS, s. 316.271, Florida Statutes, requires that sirens 31 be engaged whenever an authorized emergency vehicle is 32 responding to an emergency or in immediate pursuit of an actual 33 or suspected violator of the law, and 34 WHEREAS, the vehicle driven by the Miami-Dade County police 35 unit was in pursuit of a phantom speeding vehicle at the time of 36 the collision, and 37 WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County police cruiser crashed into 38 and broadsided the vehicle operated by Ana-Yency Velasquez, then 39 23 years of age and the mother of three minor children, at the 40 intersection of N.W. 112th St. and N.W. 12th Ave., and 41 WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County police cruiser operated by 42 the officer struck the vehicle driven by Ana-Yency Velasquez 43 with such force that her automobile crashed into the bedroom of 44 a nearby residence, throwing debris from the automobile onto the 45 roof of the residence, and 46 WHEREAS, Ana-Yency Velasquez was killed as a result of the 47 negligence of an employee of Miami-Dade County, Florida, and 48 WHEREAS, mediation of the claims of this matter was held on 49 November 17, 2010, and 50 WHEREAS, at mediation, Miami-Dade County acknowledged that 51 the damages far exceeded the statutory limit of $200,000 52 established under s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the 53 representatives of Miami-Dade County agreed and entered into a 54 Mediation Settlement Agreement, and 55 WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County has paid $150,000 to the co 56 personal representatives of the Estate of Ana-Yency Velasquez 57 under the statutory limits of liability set forth in s. 768.28, 58 Florida Statutes, and 59 WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County has agreed in the Mediation 60 Settlement Agreement to actively support the passage of a claim 61 bill in the amount of $1,010,000, NOW, THEREFORE, 62 63 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 64 65 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 66 found and declared to be true. 67 Section 2. Miami-Dade County is authorized and directed to 68 appropriate from funds of the county not otherwise appropriated 69 and to draw a warrant in the sum of $1,010,000, payable to 70 Ronnie Lopez and Roberto Guzman as co-personal representatives 71 of the Estate of Ana-Yency Velasquez, deceased, for the benefit 72 of Ronnie Lopez, Jr., Ashley Lorena Lopez-Velasquez, and Steven 73 Robert Guzman, minor children of Ana-Yency Velasquez, as 74 compensation for the death of Ana-Yency Velasquez as a result of 75 the negligence of an employee of Miami-Dade County. 76 Section 3. The amount paid by Miami-Dade County pursuant to 77 s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount awarded under this 78 act are intended to provide the sole compensation for all 79 present and future claims arising out of the factual situation 80 described in the preamble to this act which resulted in the 81 death of Ana-Yency Velasquez. The total amount paid for 82 attorney’s fees, lobbying fees, costs, and similar expenses 83 relating to this claim may not exceed 25 percent of the total 84 amount awarded under section 2 of this act. 85 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.