Death takes toll from Florida garage collapse to 3: police
By Kelli Kennedy ,AP
October 13, 2012, 12:06 am TWN
MIAMI -- A third victim of a massive parking garage collapse at a Miami college died Thursday morning, just hours after rescuers pulled him from beneath piles of twisted steel and crumbled concrete, police said.
Samuel Perez, 53, had been trapped in the collapse Wednesday at Miami Dade College. He was beneath the rubble for about 13 hours, communicating with rescuers before he was taken to a hospital. He was first discovered after workers heard his cries, and crews were saddened to hear he had died, said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz.
Authorities said they no longer expected to find anyone else alive and expected to pull a fourth person from what remained of the five-story structure that had been under construction. One worker was still missing, said Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief David Downey.
Steve Budhoo said his brother Robert was still missing in the rubble. Steve Budhoo was huddling with family members Thursday at a hotel near the garage site. Authorities would not confirm Budhoo was among the missing, but his brother said his family feared the news that would come.
“We break down and we console each other. We are just going through the motions,” said a visibly shaken Budhoo.
Besides Perez, police identified the other two men who died as Jose Calderon and Carlos Hurtado de Mendoza, 48. They died at hospitals after being rescued. All three of the dead worked for subcontractors of the firm handling the construction of the garage, Ajax Building Corp., said Ajax president and CEO Bill Byrne.