Friday, October 23, 2015

Rafael Marquez Dead After Car Strike On US27

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Rafael Marquez died after being hit by a car on US 27 Friday morning at 7:09 a.m. in Glades county.

A Kia Optima driven by Sarah Ibietatorremendia, 21 of  Moore Haven, FL was traveling south in the inside lane of US 27 (State Road 25), approaching County Road 720, in Moore Haven.

Rafael Marquez, 52 of LaBelle / FL was walking west on the paved turn around on the median of US 27 and County Road 720. Marquez was flagging for crossing farm equipment and was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of US 27.

Ibietatorremendia failed to observe Marquez enter the inside lane of US 27. Subsequently, the front left side of her 2014 Kia Optima collided with Marquez.

The Kia came to stop facing southwest on the west grass shoulder of US 27, south of County Road 720. Marquez came to rest on the paved turn around median of US 27, and County Road 720. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charges are pending said the Florida Highway Patrol.


  1. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Wow!! That's horrible. I hope this girl gets charged with manslaughter. Rafael was such an amazing , hardworking person.this girl needs to be punished!!!!!! Praying for rafael's family.

  2. Yes she needs to get punished! My uncle was an amazing Man he was a caring husband father , brother , uncle, son!!! he left behind a loving wife and amazing son and daughter's. Whom wont be able to get one last hug nor i love you .. He wont get to see his daughter grow up to be beautiful women ! Sarah took that away from him !!

  3. vegafamily7:57 AM

    Rafael was ahard working man and was loved by every who knew him.he was agood friend of mine for fifteen years. he also loved to help people .this a nightmare we missing a lot

  4. Anonymous5:24 PM

    The comments here are disgusting. He was probably more to blame for this accident than she was. Sorry , sad but true.

    1. Anonymous2:45 PM

      Do you hear your self? You obviously don't know what happened so don't say anything. All your doing is making me and my family feel worst by putting comments like that

  5. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Raf was a kind and fair man. He wouldn't like this resentful comments. His family is going thru a lot of pain already, but as far as I know they are not resent to any body. Please honor his memory those who knew and love him not doing bad comments, the girl has enough with what she is carrying already. Those that don't know about him, please respect his family's pain, they don't deserve it. Lets keep praying. God bless you all

  6. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Well said.

  7. Anonymous4:52 PM you know Sarah ? Do you have the right to judgre her in the way that you are doing ? Do you know exactly what happened? I am sorry for your family's loss. But i feel for Sarah too. So please be fair and considerate of both families involved.

  8. It's a very unfortunate accident. I'm sure the girl that hit him feels more pain than we can imagine. And I feel for the family. But I think the pain people are in is making them misplace anger. I feel deep sympathy for the family of this man and his friends and co-workers. As well as the driver. That's something she will never get over. And when you go thru something like that it changes who you are. Prayers to the family and the girl