A heartbroken family is speaking up about a $5.5 million legal settlement after a man was fatally set on fire in northwest Miami-Dade last Christmas.
Relatives of 44-year-old Darrell Brackett say he was on his way home in Brownsville last Christmas night when he ran out of gas. He went to fill up a container at the U-Gas Station on Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 47th Street.
Investigators say three men took the container, doused Brackett with the gasoline he bought, and set him on fire. He died in a hospital less than two months later.
"It's the kind of pain that's with you every day," said Brackett's mother, Bridgett Brackett.
Her attorney, Todd Michaels, announced the multi-million-dollar settlement against the gas station's owner at his Coral Gables office Tuesday morning.
Brackett insisted the settlement isn't about the money. "Changes need to be made to make everybody feel safer," she said.
Michaels said U-Gas station's owner, Urbieta Oil, knowingly allowed drug dealers to operate on its property.
"There was constant drug dealing on this property, there was constant criminal activity, there had been on this property six reported robberies," Michaels said.
He noted the company's outdoor security cameras were broken, and said despite previous crimes at the station, the company did "absolutely nothing to keep their property safe for their customers."
Urbieta Oil did not immediately return calls for comment.
The Brackett family also still hopes to bring Darrell's killers to justice, but that hasn't happened yet.
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