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       Florida Senate - 2010                              (NP)    SB 70
       By Senator Wilson
       33-00220-10                                             201070__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act for the relief of Monica Cantillo Acosta and
    3         Luis Alberto Cantillo Acosta, surviving children of
    4         Nhora Acosta by Miami-Dade County; providing for an
    5         appropriation to compensate them for the wrongful
    6         death of their mother, Nhora Acosta, due to injuries
    7         sustained as a result of the negligence of a Miami
    8         Dade County bus driver; providing a limitation on the
    9         payment of fees and costs; providing an effective
   10         date.
   12         WHEREAS, on November 12, 2004, at approximately 4:16 p.m.
   13  in Miami-Dade County, Nhora Acosta entered Miami-Dade County bus
   14  #04142 at a stop on S.W. 8th Street in Miami, Florida, paid the
   15  driver, and was trying to find a seat on the crowded bus, and
   16         WHEREAS, while Nhora Acosta walked toward the rear of the
   17  bus in search of a seat, the bus driver ignored her safety and
   18  failed to appropriately anticipate the stop-and-go traffic
   19  patterns on the busy street. As a result, the bus driver
   20  accelerated so quickly that in order to avoid a collision with
   21  another vehicle, he suddenly slammed on the brakes which caused
   22  Nhora Acosta to fall and strike her head on an interior portion
   23  of the bus, and
   24         WHEREAS, because of the sudden change in velocity and the
   25  violent force upon which Nhora Acosta struck her head within the
   26  bus interior, she suffered a severe closed head injury and
   27  massive brain damage, including a right subdural hemorrhage, a
   28  left dural hemorrhage, diffused cerebral edema, and basilar
   29  herniations, and
   30         WHEREAS, Nhora Acosta was rushed to the trauma
   31  resuscitation bay at Jackson Memorial Hospital in a comatose
   32  state, placed on a ventilator, underwent various procedures to
   33  no avail, and was pronounced dead at 2:05 p.m. the next day, and
   34         WHEREAS, Nhora Acosta was a 54-year-old single mother of
   35  two children, Monica Cantillo Acosta and Luis Alberto Cantillo
   36  Acosta, who were raised exclusively by their mother, and because
   37  of her death, her children were left orphaned, and
   38         WHEREAS, Monica Cantillo Acosta and Luis Alberto Cantillo
   39  Acosta loved their mother and only parent dearly and have
   40  suffered enormous, intense mental pain and suffering due to
   41  their mother’s untimely death, and have further lost the
   42  support, love, guidance, and consortium of their only parent,
   43  Nhora Acosta, as a result of the negligence of the Miami-Dade
   44  bus driver, and
   45         WHEREAS, on November 5, 2007, a Miami-Dade County jury
   46  rendered a verdict and found the Miami-Dade County bus driver
   47  100 percent negligent and responsible for the wrongful death of
   48  Nhora Acosta, and determined the damages of Monica Cantillo
   49  Acosta and Luis Alberto Cantillo Acosta to be $3 million each,
   52  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   54         Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are
   55  found and declared to be true.
   56         Section 2. Miami-Dade County is authorized and directed to
   57  appropriate from funds of the county not otherwise appropriated
   58  and to draw a warrant in the sum of $3 million, payable to
   59  Monica Cantillo Acosta, and $3 million, payable to Luis Alberto
   60  Cantillo Acosta as compensation for the wrongful death of their
   61  mother, Nhora Acosta.
   62         Section 3. The amount awarded under this act is intended to
   63  provide the sole compensation for all present and future claims
   64  arising out of the factual situation described in this act which
   65  resulted in the death of Nhora Acosta. The total amount paid for
   66  attorney’s fees, lobbying fees, costs, and other similar
   67  expenses relating to this claim may not exceed 25 percent of the
   68  amount awarded under this act.
   69         Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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