Brit killed on stag do in Miami after thief mowed him down in car park
A Brit was tragically killed after a woman ran him over and then stole his credit cards while he was on a stag weekend in Miami, an inquest has heard.
Steven Beech, originally from Blackpool, was deliberately mowed down by Latravia Chantae Reed before she drove off to go on a shopping spree with his money.
The 38-year-old was last seen leaving a bar alongside Reed at around 3.30am on May 26, 2018.
Half an hour later, the pair were caught on CCTV as they drove into a hotel car park shortly after they took money out from local cash machines.
Steven exited the blue Hyundai Veloster and waited for Reed to follow, however, she attempted to flee with his credit cards and money.
He bravely stood in front of the car and placed his hands on the bonnet, but was mowed down by Reed, hitting his head on the pavement, the inquest at Blackpool Town Hall was told.
A large thump noise was heard, according to witness Justin Pallack, who told police about the incident.
Mr Pallack said he saw a blue vehicle fleeing the scene and saw a white male laying in the lane, bleeding heavily from his head.
Steven was taken to hospital, where he was placed on life support and tragically died of blunt head trauma two days later.
However, he went on to save the lives of two other people, donating both his kidneys.
His devastated dad George Beech, 74, told the hearing: “I miss so many things about Steven.
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"The impromptu phone calls in his car, waiting to go into appointments, when we chatted about our shared love for United, his beloved dog Charlie, colleagues, his life in general.
"Just to hear his voice would light up any day and anyone who met him will remember his huge smile, his big hug and his zest for life.
“He was like the brightest shooting star in the sky. Sadly the brightest ones don’t last the longest.
"He’s left a huge hole in our lives. His sister has lost her big brother who looked out for her."
Steven had moved to California in 2013 to become an instrument sales manager and was due to relocate to New York for work.
His father added: “The greatest sadness is what he was prevented from doing, what was stolen from him. He had so much more to offer the world.
"He was robbed of the opportunity to become a father. He would have been a fantastic dad.
“He had so much more to offer in his career, so much more to give to others, with his genuine concern to help other people improve. All this was stolen from him, and for what?”
Reed changed her story several times and George said the family are unlikely to ever find out the full story of what happened to Steven that night.
After killing Steven, Reed, 33, from Doral, South Florida, tried to use his credit cards to withdraw cash and make various purchases in shops before she was apprehended.
She pleaded guilty to second degree murder, grand theft and fraud, and was jailed for 13 years in September 2021.
Handing down a conclusion of unlawful killing, coroner Alan Wilson said: “It seems to me that this was a vehicle being used as a weapon.
"It seems clear that this is a matter that must be concluded on the basis that Steven was unlawfully killed.”
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