Four young women just had the time of their lives, living it up on the beautiful beaches South Beach, Florida and experiencing what its nightlife had to offer.
After spending three days in the Sunshine State for Spring Break, the time came to catch a flight back home, so they headed for the airport.
The traveled west on the Airport Expressway in their rented Hyundai, not far from Miami International Airport. At 4:43 a.m., the roads were all but empty.
Mariah Michelle Logan, 23, leaned out of the back window and yelled ‘Bye, Miami,’ as the skyline began to disappear from view.
Then, things took a grave turn for the worst…
She flew out of the car, landing on the road. The driver was switching from the outside lane to the center lane.
The driver was unable to avoid her, crushing her to death on the highway.
The crash report said Logan fell from the 2019 Hyundai Accent early Sunday morning.
“She was just being silly. She loved life,” her boyfriend, Ray Olden, told the Miami Herald about her final words.
Logan’s friends told him the woman, with a bright smile on her face, was saying ‘Bye, Miami’ moments before falling from the vehicle. The day before, they all had gone to the beach, went out to eat, and partied at a club.
Olden said he was called “the moment it happened, saying that my baby was gone, fell out the window and was hit by a car. I started screaming and they were crying and said they had to call her sisters and that they were so sorry,” Olden said.
Florida Highway Patrol said an unidentified male driving a Range Rover was behind the Hyundai when Logan fell onto the road. According to the FHP, the Range Rover ran over Logan once.
Police mentioned that the driver stopped briefly, but then fled the scene, leaving no information behind. Her death is being investigated as a traffic homicide.
Police are working to determine whether alcohol played a role in the tragedy.
FHP investigators have spoken to witnesses. But the state’s surveillance cameras posted along the highway, however, won’t be of much use, cops say.
The cameras run by the state Department of Transportation stream traffic information in real time. They do not record images to look at later.
“It’s going to be hard for investigators,” said FHP spokesman Alejandro Camacho. They “only livestream. It’s too much data to record.”
Details from the witnesses’ accounts “won’t be available for at least 90 days” pending the investigation, Camacho said. FHP declined to say whether there were additional witnesses aside from three women left in the rental car.
The friends riding in the car with Logan were Trina Frazier, 24; Aaliyah Frazier, 23 and Kenyatta Burch, 23.
“I’m still grieving,” said Burch, Logan’s friend of 12 years. “I lost my best friend, my sister. Blood cannot make us closer.”
The other two women did not want to comment.
Olden says the women, who were celebrating Burch’s birthday, “were having a great time” at the beach, restaurants and clubs. They rented Jet Skis, stayed in a hotel in Miami Beach and rented a car.
“They are devastated, as am I. There’s just a silence in the air. It’s not real yet,” Olden said. He said he was in a relationship with Logan for about a year, and were discussing marriage. They had a cruise planned for August.
“She brought energy and life. She never looked at the bad. I was told I was a special man and she made me believe it,” Olden said. “We had the next five years mapped out.”
Logan worked as a mental health technician at a nonprofit in Waukegan, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Her family and friends say they are trying to get money together to “ship her body back to Chicago.”
“As if dealing with this loss and heartbreak, now we have to figure out how to send her home. It’s expensive. It’s a nightmare,” Burch said.
After the tragedy and investigation, three of the four women who had been in the car continued driving to the airport.
They boarded a plane. And they returned home.