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October 14, 2014
Vincentian killed in Miami Carnival

A Vincentian woman was killed on Sunday during Miami Carnival, in what is being described as a freak accident.

CBS Miami reports that Jacqueline Coombs Martin, 54, of Lauderhill, Florida, was a masquerader in costume from the Mascots International Mas Band, marching toward the main stage at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo.{{more}}

According to investigators, a box truck, with a trailer attached, stopped so the masqueraders could dance and perform for the event judges.

Martin’s cell phone dropped to the ground and rolled under the metal trailer. She went between the truck and trailer to retrieve her phone when the truck, driven by Karel Bidopia of Pembroke Pines, started moving again. Martin was then struck by the trailer.

She was transported to Kendall Regional Trauma Center, where she passed away.

Martin was the daughter of the late Phyllis Coombs of Buccament, sister of Roslyn Coombs of New Montrose and mother of Shariff Martin,18, of Florida, among other relatives. Shariff was her only child. Before migrating to the US a few years ago, Jacqueline, a resident of Buccament, worked at Digicel, then at the Buccament Bay Resort.