A blossoming, soon-to-be social worker, Amanda Miner was killed early Thursday morning after the vehicle she was riding in veered off the road and into a pillar on the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn.
Out celebrating the festivities of her 21st birthday, Miner was a passenger in a 2013 Infiniti sedan when the driver, 26 year-old Stefan Hoyte, lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Hoyte, an off-duty NYPD traffic agent, is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of accident.
Police revealed that the car was driving so fast that the impact of the vehicle onto the bridge’s support pillar split the car in half. Miner was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Virginia Cabrera-Miner, Amanda’s mother, said “She’s gone, that’s the tragedy. My baby’s gone.” Referring to her daughter as a “star”, Cabrera-Miner said “She was a wonderful girl. My youngest out of three. We celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday and I’m not going to see her graduate from college.”
On Wednesday night, the Miner family attended the broadway show Wicked and all ate dinner. Given her time away from home as a student at Lafayette College, Amanda’s mother cherishes the little time she spent with her the night of her death.
“Being that age and away [at] school, I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with her, so I was glad that we had three solid hours together,” Cabrera-Miner said.
Hoyte and another NYPD traffic agent, Michael Camacho, were escorted to nearby Bellevue Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. Hoyte has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated and speeding. A breathalyzer showed Hoyte was driving at a .103, well above the .08 legal limit.
A junior, Miner was all but ready to graduate from Lafayette College next spring with a degree in social work. “She wanted to be a social worker to help people. She was a star and now she’s gone,” said Amanda’s mother.
“She could’ve changed this world, she changed mine. But now we’ll never see how far she could’ve gone.”
A passerby of the accident posted a video of the vehicle’s remains on Instagram, which can be seen below:
H/T: New York Post
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