SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The parents of 3-year-old Anthony De Leon, who was killed after a car crashed into a South Miami-Dade flower vendor stand on Valentine’s Day, are taking legal action against multiple parties who they believe are to blame.
The crash occurred in the area of South Dixie Highway and Southwest 304th Street, at around 1:15 p.m., Friday.
De Leon’s family is now suing the driver who crashed into their stand, as well as Spitzer Automotive, for the death of their son.
According to police, 42-year-old Hanskibel Armagos lost control of a dark gray Dodge Charger and plowed into the family’s flower stand.
Armagos is an employee of Spitzer Automotive, and he was driving a company car at the time of the crash.
“The Spitzer dealership recklessly turned over keys to a man that should have never had those keys,” said family attorney Adam Finkel. “A man that had a criminal record including a DUI.”
The family is still in shock after losing their young son.
“I feel when I go to my room I’ll see my baby, or if I go to the kitchen, when I turn around that he’s gonna be there, but he’s not,” De Leon’s mother Judy Rojos said through sobs, “and now it’s like a nightmare.”
It’s only been five days since Rojos lost her son, and she said she can’t sleep and she’s hardly eating.
“Then I started like crazy, you know, picking up everything, because I thought he was under the chair or the table because everything flew,” she said.
The president of Spitzer Automotive, Alison Spitzer, released a statement that read in part: “It is difficult to find the right words to describe the heartfelt sympathy the people of Spitzer Homestead have for all the families involved in this devastating tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this extremely difficult time, and for every day after.”
“I want justice for this,” said Rojos. “I don’t want this pain, you know. I don’t want this for someone else to feel. I don’t want this. This is terrible. This is something that drains your body out.”
Armagos is not facing any charges as a result of the crash.
The family still feels that seeking legal action against them is the only option they have.
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