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List of Hurricane Andrew’s Victims, How They Died With PM-Hurricane Aftermath, Bjt

September 4, 1992 GMT

MIAMI (AP) _ The death toll in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas as a result of Hurricane Andrew and its remnants stood today at 51.

The Medical Examiner’s office in Dade County, where Andrew claimed most of its victims, will continue adding to the death toll until Sept. 24, said forensic records supervisor Veronica Melton.

Authorities divided the deaths into two categories. ″Direct″ deaths generally occurred during the hurricane itself, while ″indirect″ deaths included such things as cleanup accidents, electrocutions and accidents due to power outages.


In Florida, medical examiners said 15 deaths were directly related to the storm:

1. Naomi Browning, 12, was killed by a beam that fell on her in the bedroom of her south Dade County home.

2-3. Vidal Perez, 49, and Francisco Sospedra, 74, were thrown from a storage trailer where they sought shelter south of Miami.

4. Robert Moak, 32, was found in Coral Gables in a canal, a possible drowning victim.

5. Miguel Pulido, 62, of south Dade County died when his mobile home flipped and he was crushed.

6. Andrew Roberts, 30, was found crushed in a collapsed home and died later at a hospital.

7. Claude Owens, 46, of south Dade County died when his roof collapsed.

8. Robert Ramos, 40, of south Dade County was hit by debris while seeking shelter in a barn after the prefabricated house he was in collapsed.

9. Gladys Porter, 91, of south Dade County refused to evacuate her mobile home and was found under what remained.

10. Mary Cowan, 67, of south Dade County was crushed when her apartment complex was flattened.

11. Harry Boyer, 67, of south Dade County was found in the rubble of a collapsed retirement home.

12. Jesse James, 46, died when the hurricane blew down a large tree and it fell on a camper-truck in Overtown where he had taken refuge.

13. Natividad Rohena, 57, died when the roof of his house in Homestead collapsed.

14. Henry Waylon Bush, 41, a logger from Andalusia, Ala., was killed when high winds from the hurricane’s aftermath snapped off a rotted tree that hit him as he worked in the Florida Panhandle’s Black Water forest.

15. Thomas Vann, 37, of Miami was struck on the head and washed overboard with another man as they tried to ride out the storm in a fishing boat. His body was found in Biscayne Bay six days after the hurricane.


Twenty-three deaths in Florida were indirectly related to the hurricane:

1. Edna Gerry, 81, of central Dade County had trouble breathing and died before rescue crews could reach her.

2. Elaida Vargas, 22, of west Dade County got sick and died before crews could reach her. Her 5-pound male fetus did not survive.

3. Jose Saravia, 73, of Coral Gables died while trimming his neighbor’s fallen trees.

4. Dagoberto Troya, 50, of south Dade County died of a heart attack after seeing his warehouse roof demolished.

5-7. Manuel Rodriguez, 69; Fannie Lytle, 94; and Anice Berett, 81, died while being evacuated from their ruined south Dade County rest home after the hurricane.

8. Emma Grace Parker, 74, of northwest Dade County fell through a seventh- floor apartment window while trying to remove duct tape.

9. Anthony Margiotta, 79, a blind man from northeast Dade County, stepped off a seventh-floor balcony that was missing screens as a result of the hurricane.

10. Herman Lucerne, 78, former mayor of Florida City, died of a heart attack while trying to get plywood in his garage.

11-12. Shabonnie McKenzie, 9, of northwest Dade County died in a house fire caused by a candle. The house lacked electricity. Dominique Seymour, 9, died from injuries in the fire.

13. John Byers, 22, of Homestead was struck in the head by a tree as he cleaned up debris at the Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo.

14. Alvia Cruz, 80, of Miami died of natural causes while being evacuated.

15. Kathleen Robinson, 63, of Miami died of a heart attack after the window of her apartment blew apart while she was riding out the storm.

16. Richard Kuzina, 66, of Portland, Conn., collapsed from hypertension and heart disease hours after he arrived in Homestead to clean up his winter home.

17. Frederick Stone, 40, of Miami died of a heart attack after driving his vehicle to remove debris left by the hurricane.

18. Jacqueline Parker Koger, 43, of Coral Gables died in a car accident caused by a missing stop sign.

19. Alberto Mirando, 67, of Kendall complained of chest pains while covering up a window blown out by the hurricane, collapsed and died.

20. Jose Castillo, 36, of Hialeah, a schizophrenic who attacked his sister in anger over the lack of electricity and ice, was pronounced dead after police took him to the Dade County Jail. Exact cause of death still undetermined Thursday.

21. Antonio Machado, 52, of Overtown struck his head while falling from a table he was standing on to repair holes in his ceiling in time for the hurricane.

22. Anthony Pastor, 40, a Dade County jail inmate enlisted to repair housing damaged by Andrew, was electrocuted while working on a roof fan.

23. Herbert Engleman, 55, a relief volunteer, was struck by lightning while helping a helicopter crew unload food for victims of the hurricane.


In Louisiana, six people died as a direct result of the hurricane:

1. Carlos Cabrera, 63, of LaPlace, La., died when a tornado spun off Hurricane Andrew and hit his home.

2. Jessica Tomlinson, 2, of LaPlace, La., suffered head injuries in a hurricane-related tornado.

3-6. Tuan Hoang Le, 33, owner of a shrimp boat which reportedly went down in the storm with six men on board, drowned along with Sau Van Duong, 26. Both men were from Bayou Labatre, Ala. Two bodies found with them in the Gulf of Mexico have not been positively identified, and the last two men are still missing.


There were three indirect deaths in Louisiana:

1. Vivian Decuir, 50, Abbeville, died in a car accident at an intersection where the traffic light was out.

2. Allen Stewart, 86, Plaquemine, died when his daughter’s home caught fire from a candle. There was no electricity.

3. Mervin L. Sevario, 34, Denham Springs, was electrocuted by a downed power line.


In the Bahamas, four deaths were directly related to Andrew, all on the island of Eleuthera:

1. Telford Neely, 16, was killed by flying debris in The Bluff.

2. Avaro Pedican, no age given, was killed by flying debris in The Bluff.

3. Yvonne Cash, 37, a mother of 7, drowned in Lower Bogue.

4. Beverly Moss, no age given, was killed by flying debris in Current Island.