Miami Heat dancer killed in motorcycle-Mercedes crash
Miami Heat Dancer for the 2010-2011 season Nancy Lopez-Ruiz of Plantation, was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday evening, September 9, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale.
A Miami Heat dancer on a motorcycle was killed Friday night in a collision
with a Mercedes in Fort Lauderdale and police on Saturday were appealing for
witnesses to come forward.
Nancy G. Lopez-Ruiz, 22, of Plantation was riding her 2003 Suzuki GSX R in the
westbound right hand lane of the 700 block of East Sunrise Boulevard when
the 9:30 p.m. crash occurred.
Mario Careaga of Fort Lauderdale had been driving his 2009 Mercedes behind
Lopez-Ruiz on the boulevard. At one point, the Mercedes hit the median at
the lane split and curve of North Federal Highway, then struck the
motorcycle, knocking the young woman off her bike. She was pronounced dead
on the scene.
Police opened a drunk driving investigation of Careaga, whose age was not
known. Sgt. Frank Sousa, the Fort Lauderdale police public information
officer, said it would be months before the investigation was concluded.
The Plantation woman had just been signed on to dance with The Miami Heat this
season, which opens its preseason schedule on Oct. 5 with the debut of Dream
Team trio LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Eric Woolworth, president of business operations for the Heat, called
Lopez-Ruiz ‘‘a lovely young woman with an upbeat personality.”
“Her fierce passion for dancing was contagious,” he added in a
statement. “We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family,
friends and teammates.”
Lopez-Ruiz, a native of Nicaragua, moved to the United States as an infant and
graduated from Bradenton’s Bayshore High School, where she was active in
athletics and also became captain of the school’ss Honey Bears Dance team.