Taxi Passenger Killed in Crash with Miami Dump Truck Identified

Police have identified a taxi passenger killed in an 11-vehicle crash triggered by a City of Miami dump truck.

Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat confirmed Saturday that 66-year-old Pamela Kay Plummer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Plummer was a passenger in the back of a taxi that police said was rear-ended in a Miami intersection by the dump truck. Miami-Fire Rescue said Plummer died at the scene.

Guillermo Acosta, with Diamond Cab, said Plummer was a frequent customer.

"Sweet little old lady, she has been riding with us for over 25 years, takes a cab everyday or every other day, she lives alone, to do her errands," Acosta said.

According to police, the crash caused several vehicles at the intersection to spin and collide. A total of 11 vehicles were involved.

Ten people were injured and taken to to Ryder Trauma Center with various injuries. Police say the taxi driver, the dump truck's driver and two passengers in another vehicle were hospitalized in serious condition.

In a video statement, City Manager Daniel Alfonso expressed condolences to Plummer's family and said authorities are investigating. He also released a statement Monday about the truck driver:

"Larry Ellis has been a permanent employee with City of Miami for more than 20 years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the ongoing investigation. The truck was secured under guard over the weekend. Florida Highway Patrol will be ordering a mechanical review of the vehicle."

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