There was a nasty accident on NW 36th Street Wednesday morning in Virginia Gardens that closed down eastbound traffic.  There were two cars noticeably mangled as we passed by via Perimeter Road parallel to NW 36th Street.

You can see the four door car shown below was completely mangled.  Virginia Gardens Police confirmed this to be an Acura sedan.  We also noticed that the Mercedes cargo van behind the car also had noticeable front end damage.

Nasty Accident on NW 36th Street in Virginia Gardens on May 3, 2023
Nasty Accident on NW 36th Street in Virginia Gardens on May 3, 2023

About 20 – 30 yards further east, you could see another four door car that was mangled.  This vehicle (shown below) is a Hyundai Elantra that had come to a stop after hitting one of the tall palm trees in the grassy area separating NW 36th Street from Perimeter Road.

Virginia Gardens Police were on the scene along with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.  We also saw Miami Springs Police helping to divert eastbound traffic on NW 36th Street at NW 62nd Avenue.  As you might imagine, this caused a massive backup of traffic.  It also forced an unusually large amount of traffic, including heavy commercial trucks through the residential streets of Virginia Gardens and Miami Springs as they tried to get around the traffic mess.

The accident occurred across from the Candlewood Suites Hotel complex (where Cisco’s used to be) along the eastbound lanes of NW 36th Street.

According to the Virginia Gardens Police Department, the driver of the Acura sedan was allegedly heading westbound along NW 36th Street when he crossed the median and hit the Hyundai Elantra that was heading eastbound head on.  Subsequent to the initial accident, the Acura also hit the dark Mercedes Cargo van.

No Fatalities or Life Threatening Injuries

The good news is that there were no fatalities or life threatening injuries.  According to VGPD, the driver of the Acura was transferred to Ryder Trauma Center with non life threatening injuries.  Meanwhile, a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra was transported to Jackson West with lacerations to an arm.

Folks, as you can see, you can be driving safely, minding your own business, and a driver crosses the median and hits you head on.  That’s why it’s always important to wear your seatbelts. And for goodness sake, put down the smartphone.

Due to the early stages of the investigation and the injured state of the alleged culprit, no charges have yet been filed.

Folks, if you get hurt in an accident, get medical attention first.  Then, get an attorney.  In Miami Springs, we have the good fortune to have an expert in the area, Leonardo Concepcion of the Concepcion Law Firm.  You can always get your case evaluated by calling 305.791.6529 or learn more at


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