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Relatives of Deadly Miami Beach Restaurant Crash Speak Out – NBC 6 South Florida

Friends of the man who died after a car drove into a dining area outside a Miami Beach restaurant on Friday are speaking out days after the tragedy.

Gary Prince, 67, was having an alfresco meal with friends at Call Me Gaby restaurant when he was fatally beaten.

“I think he was just like a very kind and generous man, and he cared more about all the people around him than himself,” said Dr Naaman Abdullah, one of Prince’s friends. “Very selfless and I think he should be remembered as a very special person.”

Police say a woman was attempting to parallel park when she overturned her Bentley in the restaurant, hitting seven people, including Prince.

Abdullah and Jeremy Ruccio spoke exclusively to NBC 6 about the accident. Abdullah was there during the tragedy. He was also injured.

“My leg was stuck under the car, I heard people screaming and I saw the wheel of the car keep spinning,” Abdullah said. “Within ten seconds everyone starts running towards the car because there was a child under the car crying and they lifted the car to get the child out.”

Among those hospitalized was the 3-year-old who suffered what were described as minor cuts and bruises. Three were discharged from hospital by Friday afternoon, while the child and two others remained in hospital in stable condition.

Abdullah suffered injuries to his arm, leg and right eye, but said at the time he could only think of Prince.

“It didn’t really click until the next day,” Jeremy Ruccio said. “We just couldn’t. We were in shock the first day. The next day when I went to the office, I really, broke down at some point and recognized that I will never see him again.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating as detectives work to determine what exactly happened.