Tampa, Florida – Woman (Yamile Campuzano-Martine) Drives Herself and Two Children into TIA Aquarium
Yamile Campuzano-Martine was on her way to the airport to pick up a relative. She had two children in the car with her. Reportedly, her six-year-old child was riding in the woman’s lap when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fish tank that was part of an exhibit at the Tampa Bay International Airport.
The collision destroyed a 1,500 gallon tank, worth $50,000 - 100,000. The tank held about 30-40 saltwater fish, worth $3,000 - 5,000, none of which were expected to live. The detroyed aquarium was part of the airport’s “El Movimiento del Mar” public art program. TIA reportedly spent $200,000 on the exhibit; the fish and tank maintenance were provided by the aquarium.
Ms. Campuzano-Martine was cited for careless driving, failure to use a child restraint device and failure to provide a driver's license. It appears that no one in the car was injured seriously, and Ms. Campuzano-Martine declined a hospital visit for the six-year-old boy. No one in the airport was injured.
Parents should always make safety and security a priority for children when they are riding in a vehicle. This includes the use of seat belts and child safety seats. According to Florida state law, all passengers of a vehicle under the age of 18 years old must be restrained by a safety belt or child restraint device, and it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure they are in compliance. In this case, the six-year old should have been wearing a seat belt. While it is always important to follow the law, it is even more important to provide for the safety of children when they are in riding in a vehicle.
You can read more about this car accident involving two children at With child in lap, woman drives into TIA fish tank.