from May 2015

One of the unclaimed decedent cases I’m working is a man who came to the U.S. during the Mariel boatlift. I haven’t enough information to know how he supported himself all these years but he ended up homeless in 2011. He was arrested for camping in Cocoa Beach, Florida, missed the court date for that violation, and a warrant was issued. He was fishing when he was picked up on that warrant. Not robbing banks. Not stealing purses. Fishing. Hauled off to jail. Two months later, he was struck and killed by a driver that veered onto the shoulder of the road where the man was walking. The driver was charged with failure to exercise due caution, found guilty, and ordered to pay $134 fine. The relatives for the man from Cuba have not been located.

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