Man Dies After Colliding With Car Traveling Wrong Way Down MacArthur Causeway

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Traffic was snarled this morning in downtown after a man died in a car crash after his car was hit by another vehicle traveling the wrong way down the MacArthur Causeway. The accident happened at about 3:20 a.m. when 22-year-old Omar Bravo was driving westward on the eastbound lanes of the major causeway connecting downtown with Miami Beach.

Bravo's silver Nissan collided with a BMW driven by 27-year-old Matthew Montenegro. According to The Herald, both cars spun out of control and crashed into the median. The collision occurred near the Biscayne Boulevard exit.

Montenegro, the victim, died on the scene.

Bravo had to be cut out of his Nissan and was transported to the trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The last Facebook status update belonging to a 22-year-old Omar Bravo of Miami read, "Gettin krunked mia louge boundd ! hollaa."

Both cars were so badly damaged that neither were removed from the scene until 9 a.m. which blocked several lanes on the MacArthur and caused police to redirect traffic.

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HELLO!
HELLO!

Does anybody know about Omar's condition?

Guest
Guest

I thnk he is being charged with vehicular homocide and felony dui/manslaughter.  

Die Omar!
Die Omar!

Well hopefully hes alive and well so he can spend a nice long time in jail! Better than walking the streets of miami cause we will catch him!

lala bitch.
lala bitch.

LMAO. wow. look at these little thugs "we will catch him"...... nah you wouldnt.

Nova Dancer
Nova Dancer

you know what that a threat to Omar and thats the way you wanna remember your friend matt then your not really a good friend

billie
billie

obviously there is a lot of emotion here. People are mourning an innocent victum and friends of the drunk driver feel bad for him. Both families are suffering for different reasons. You guys can name call all you want. The bottom line is an innocent man died due to anothers poor decision to drink and drive...He has to be held accountable..yes he will play it over in his head forever (maybe) but if the situation was different and Omar had been killed by a drunk driver you guys would be mad like Matts friends..its true weather you admit it or not..so stop the excuses quit saying what a great guy he is and go help the family of the deceased victim and Omars family who will pay for their sons stupidity forever. Our society doesnt think anyone should be accountable well they should be. Now go make a differnce instead of excuses for a drunk driver who had a choice weather to drink or driveThats the bottom line...drinking and driving kills people

billie
billie

Bottom line here another idiot was drinking and driving and killed an innocent driver. Sad thing is usually the drunk one lives and takes anothers life. Hope this kid wakes up and takes responsibility for his actions and i hope he is held accountable. As for the Herald that was a horrible article, the title was very misleading. Poor editing on that one for sure

Peanut Gallery
Peanut Gallery

Hmmm the peanut gallery seems to have nothing to say. Maybe they realize what they're saying makes no sense!

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

if you have job like you say its respectable job and I like to maintain a good reputation, then why are you fighting me on a accdient that you know nothing about just that you Knew matt

JS
JS

I'm out of work for the day, and how do you know that I don't know anything about the accident? What makes you know so much more than I do?

JS
JS

Do you not realize that that is what I have been saying all along... I never once wished bad upon him. I hope he gets better. I specifically said that it would be a shame to lose 2 lives over this. I do pray for his family, that God gives them the peace and strength they need to survive this. I pray for him, that he learns from this and that he becomes a wiser, more careful person because of this. Trust me - I pray a lot.

I don't understand why you keep putting words in my mouth. I have not ONCE in this entire stream of comments said that I hate him. However, I will not say that he is NOT innocent. He did make a mistake, a big one. But it cost someone his life, and Omar needs to understand the severity of his actions, as do all the other people who are defending him. Again I will say, go ahead and support him, pray for him, as I have been doing; hope that he gets better, don't abandon him as a friend. But know that his actions were not correct, that this is not to be taken lightly and punished with a "slap on the wrist". We're not in high school anymore, and the punishment is not indoor suspension. Unfortunately, Omar has to live with this his whole life, and I'm sure he understands that he will have to pay a price. It's a shame that his friends seem to be blind to that. However, it is obvious, by the way that some of these comments are being posted, that people are posting without thinking - just typing in the first thing that they can think of... not even stopping long enough to make sure that their posts make sense. They are being blinded by their emotion, and they are not thinking the facts through. I'm more upset at the people attacking on behalf of Omar than I am at Omar himself. Omar is a victim of his youth - and he will pay the price for it, for the rest of his life... regardless of the punishment that a court of law decides, Omar will be punished with reliving that scene over and over....

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

you are ignorant .. what did he do to you that you have so much hatred towards him.. so who cares if he didnt have a highschool diploma.. did you ever really sit down and talk 2 the guy..? who are you to judge him.. who are you to wish bad upon him.. HE MADE A MISTAKE!!!!… you guys are so ignorant .. how about you keep him in your prayers so he can get better , keep Mathew in your prayers and his family too.. and how about you use this as a lesson and show all your friends what happens when you drink and drive you might save a life someday

SMDH
SMDH

shes not studying the case, because right now there is no '"case" to study. Nova isn't that retarded.

Wow
Wow

When you can put together a sentence that makes sense I will definitely get back to you. Nova's standards have seriously gone down the drain. If you are studying this case for legal purposes, then you are the one in the wrong here - you're definitely letting your emotions get to you - which as an attorney, or someone "studying the case" you shouldn't be doing. You should be objective. But I digress. Don't worry your pretty little head about whether or not I am studying the case. Matt was a good person. My only problem with you is that you are trying to defame someone who is dead because of someone else's actions. It's not my only problem, but whatever - I'm sure you can figure it out. I hope.

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

you have alot of time on your hands to be stuyding his case or are you taking it personally cause you knew matt let me know case i"m studying the case too and if your studying the case thats a conflict of interest

JS
JS

And you weren't there, either. There wasn't a third victim, not that anyone heard about. So who's judging? I never judged Omar... never said he was a bad person. Said he made a bad decision which cost a life.

Period. End of story.

JS
JS

*Not judging. Otherwise someone will be all over my comment for a typo, making them miss the entire point.

JS
JS

I'm nut judging. The facts are there, in black and white. If Matt was drinking, too, then I'm sorry - he messed up as well. But it doesn't take away from the fact that Omar was driving in the wrong direction.

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

thats not your concern I just saying that you shouldn"t judge somebody before you get your facts right

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

I have a question for all of you wana talk shit about omar but there comments here that both drivers were drinking WHAT IF Matthew WAS THE ONE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE ON THE ROAD WHERE WAS HE COMING BACK FROM AT 3:26 IN THE MORNING ITS SO EASY TO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER WHAT THEN YEA HE PASSED AWAY BUT WHAT WILL DO IF THE TURNS TURNED NOBODY REALLY KNOWS THE REAL STORY

JS
JS

And BTW... Plenty of times before getting married I had too much to drink with dinner and was forced to sleep it off or just plain fell asleep because I was tired, and I would wake up at 1, 2, 3 in the morning and have to drive home. And by that point I was completely sober. So no, he wasn't necessarily drunk because he was on the road at 3 am.

JS
JS

And there are COMMENTS here that say that Mathew was drinking. Does it say that in any article? No. Mathew's family is asking for donations for MADD, which might tell you something.

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

listen untill FHP come's to end meets about the achool level and who was at fault then you can point the finger

JS
JS

First of all, no. I don't post things about myself partying on Facebook. I don't care for people to know whether I am out at a club or at home sleeping. I have a respectable job and I like to maintain a good reputation, which is something that a lot of people don't value anymore. And if I want someone to know where I am, that person is probably there with me. Secondly, no - if Omar dies I will not be at peace, because that means that not one, but TWO young lives will have been lost because of a very stupid decision. I never made that implication and I resent the fact that you are implying that about me. I would NEVER ever wish death upon someone. I know that Omar has a difficult road ahead of him, and the only thing I wish is for him and everyone else to understand the severity of his actions, to learn from them, and to make their absolute best efforts to never allow that to happen again.

Please don't think that you know anything about me. I am not you, I do not know you, and honestly, considering the fact that you are insulting me without reason, I don't care to know you.

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

thats the problem facebook ........ I'm pretty sure if you partying and wanting friends to know where you were partying at you post it on facebook or whatever he was not bragging at all what if omar dies because of his injuries will you be at peace

JS
JS

Regardless... OMAR WAS DRIVING THE WRONG WAY. He was bragging on Facebook about being drunk, and he drove the wrong way. Defend him all you want, but know that in the end, he was the one at fault. I'm not wishing anything bad on him, but he was the one who was doing something wrong. That's allllll I'm saying.

JS
JS

Mathew was on his way home. To the downtown area. Getting off on the exit. Omar was leaving the downtown area. Getting ON the highway, the wrong way.

'Omar Bravo was driving westward on the eastbound lanes of the major causeway'

Driving WESTward on the EASTbound lanes means OMAR was going the WRONG WAY.

Mathew WASN'T.

Goodness gracious, people need to use some common sense and reasoning.

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

you might have known matt for 20 years ..........but using "common sense" nobody reallys knows what happen

JS
JS

No, but the article was corrected once that information (which WAS determined by the cops and fire rescue) was released.

Munizellie
Munizellie

ok the article says that but were you the cop or the fire rescue at the accdient

JS
JS

You're right, and I'm not denying that. But having spoken to someone about where Matt was and what he had been doing leads me to believe that he was not the one drunk. And again, Omar was the one traveling the wrong way on the highway. The article CLEARLY says that.

Martymar1974
Martymar1974

Something needs to be done with people that drink and drive and as always the innocent victims always die and the ones that caused the accidents breathe, walk and screw up again... until someone in CONGRESS decides to do something about it. In the mean time read the newspaper tomorrow and you will read how someone else dies due to a drunk driver. This story made me very sad!

Mike
Mike

Omar is a low life scum bag. Little word of advice....die or move far away from miami kid!

NOVA Dancer
NOVA Dancer

you talk alot shit for someone that dosen"t know omar

ScaredShitlessToDriveInMiami
ScaredShitlessToDriveInMiami

It's hard to believe there's so many assholes that drive drunk and kill innocent people. You think they would have enough sense to just NOT drive when they're fucked up.

JS
JS

The ignorance on here kills me. It's so sad that people who would be the first to jump down someone's throat if the roles were reversed are the first to say "it was just a mistake". Being Omar's friend, supporting him in a difficult time, and praying for his family is a very different thing from DEFENDING his actions. He might not be a bad person, but he made a decision which cost someone his life. I am ABSOLUTELY positive that if Omar had been the one killed in this accident that you would be as aggressive (if not more so) towards the family and friends of whomever it was that committed the acts that killed your friend. Lucky for you, you are not in that predicament. Instead of defending his actions, you should be contemplating the fact that his actions caused someone to die. On purpose or not, it happened. Think about this... if you play Russian Roulette, you know that there is a chance you can die. One bullet in the entire chamber, and everytime that gun goes off, you could be blowing your brains out. When you drive drunk, you are that one bullet in the chamber. No matter what you do, there is a chance that you will cause harm to someone. Too many times, we neglect to think about our actions and the consequences that they cause. That's what happened to Omar. He neglected to think about the consequences of his actions, and boasting about the fact that he was getting drunk, and then going out and getting behind the wheel showed his disregard for consequences. Yes, we have ALL done things we are not proud of. Nobody can say that they haven't. And Omar will suffer - not because anyone will impose suffering upon him, but because mentally, he is going to have to think about the fact that someone died at HIS hands. I knew Matt - I knew Matt for over 20 years. And I never experienced a bad attitude, nasty word, or disregard for others coming from Mathew. He was truly a great person, who became a VICTIM of someone else's negligence. And for those who ask, "How did he not see a car coming at him?" When was the last time you were in that situation? Unfortunately, my husband and I were in that situation several years ago - coming home from the beach, on the 112, and another car was headed right for us. Luckily, we were not on an exit, a ramp, or rounding a curve; we were able to avoid the car because we saw it coming hundreds of feet away. But the moment I realized a car was coming for us, I froze and had no idea what to do. Until you've been in a situation, don't dare question what someone else's reaction has been. And lastly, if you are going to have a discussion, at least do it in a civilized fashion. When discussing those who have passed, profanity should at least be removed. And your arguments would sound a lot more convincing if they were spelled properly and written in a way that people could actually understand. RIP Matt. We will miss you.

the PL - my.is
the PL - my.is

omar was a crackhead he was smoking rocks before he left the club. - the PL

Listen12
Listen12

do you know Omar personally to be talking the shit youre talking? I dont think so, so keep your mouth shut.

Life is fragile
Life is fragile

First and foremost, I’d like to start off by saying that I did not know Matt Montenegro or Omar Bravo. Secondly, I’d like to give my condolences to the Montenegro family and also to Omar’s family because both are suffering very much, one more than the other. Thirdly, I can not believe the comments that I’ve read on this thread. I’m pretty much speechless and disgusted. It explains the amount of ignorant people walking on the surface of this earth. Some people need to use their common sense and THINK before they speak. I’ll begin by saying that those defending Omar have every right to do so, but instead of making stupid accusations, assumptions, and hurtful comments they should be apologizing in behalf of Omar. Unfortunately, Omar made a very bad choice that night, a choice that killed an innocent man, and a choice that also ruined his life. Therefore, he will have to pay for the poor actions he made that night. Omar’s family will at least be able to do visitations in prison, while Matt’s family will have to visit him at his grave.

Everyone is SO focused on saying “Omar was a great and kind friend” ok awesome, what about Matt? How about his life was cut short because someone was VERY irresponsible? Is anyone aware of this? Because I sure am. You know you all need to think before you speak, honestly. Someone stated that what happened was a “mistake” really? Let me give you a few examples of mistakes. A mistake is calling the wrong person, a mistake is buying the wrong milk, a mistake is getting in the elevator and getting off on the wrong floor, but killing an innocent man is NOT a mistake. So, to sit here and call this a mistake is absolutely absurd and immature. We are talking here about someone’s life. Another very smart mouth questioned what was Matt doing at 3AM on the road and why didn’t he avoid the accident? You’ve got to be kidding right? So now we ALSO have to watch out for “reckless drivers” who can possibly be traveling on the wrong side of the road? Yeah ok. I find it beyond preposterous and childish to say that “Matt was rich and had money to get a cab” would you rather kill an innocent life? Call a friend? Walk home? Or spend $20 bucks on a cab? Hmmm let me see. I’d rather do any of the above EXCEPT kill an innocent life. Much more, I’d rather lose my life before taking anyone’s life, how about that?

This story really touched home when I read it because in 2001, I lost TWO friends to someone who was driving recklessly. My friends were only 17 when their lives were abruptly cut short. They were both 6 months shy from graduation high school. How sad is that?

Overall, I hope this is a lesson to everyone that drinking and driving is NOT an option. If you are drinking and have no other choice to drive, drink drink drink lots of water till you are COMPLETELY sober, if not take a cab, or a call a friend. Do not get behind the wheel.

OMar's FRIEND
OMar's FRIEND

U KNOW WAT? F*** ALL U Little MOther F****** Talking SH!T about My little BroTher Omar was just an 22 year old boy just having sum fun at the CLuB like any other 22 year old boy and took the wheel wit out telling no one and left, The first Thing Omar told me at the Hospital was if "the other Person Was Alrite" he could't even talk and he ask me da question, Now my prayers go to Montenegro's family's and i hope they understand my little brother did't want this to happend, (everything in this life is already written) never forget that and we all really sorry for ur lost!

Ylartiles
Ylartiles

Does anyone know anything about Omar's condition?

AngryAboutThis
AngryAboutThis

You're an idiot. At 22 years old you're supposed to be a grown man - not a "boy" as you repeat. Obviously no one "wanted" this to happen. But it happened because of Omar's actions. Nothing is written. It was Omar's irresponsible and reckless actions - which he did because of his free will - that are to blame. Stop making excuses. Justice doesn't go by "everything in this life is already written." Justice goes by, "if you are reckless and kill someone because of your recklessness, you will be tried and possibly convicted of manslaughter." Instead of coming here to curse and give your ridiculous opinion, you should help your "little brother" find a good attorney - he will need one.

guest
guest

Having Fun??? There is a fine line between having fun and committing a dangerous act and he crossed it by a long run. Where were you to stop him "Omar's friend?" If you were a true friend, this would have not happened. You stick up for him now but where were you to stop him in the first place? Your friend just killed someone. I hope this comes across your head loud and clear "friend." My friend was killed by an idiot like Omar a few months ago. She only wanted to have fun and she was 23. Oh and one more thing "OMar's FRIEND" FIX YOUR GRAMMER, it is that of 7 year old.

Listen12
Listen12

It's grammAr. Before correcting someone, make sure your grammAr is perfect first.

qban
qban

it's spelled *GRAMMAR. you can sit down and shut up now.

SMDH
SMDH

please consider the fact that it was spelled correctly...

SMDH
SMDH

lol your focused on grammar when this atrocity was written:

hey GUEST SO. WAT U A TEACHER NOW, I WOULD SAY TO YOU HOPE ONE OF UR RELATIVES OR FRIENDS DO THE SAME TO YOU AND LETS SEE WHERE U GONNA BE

I can't even begin to wrap my head around how BLIND Omars friends are. Do you realize how bad you make him look. You are doing Omar no justice.

THE TEACHER
THE TEACHER

hey GUEST SO. WAT U A TEACHER NOW, I WOULD SAY TO YOU HOPE ONE OF UR RELATIVES OR FRIENDS DO THE SAME TO YOU AND LETS SEE WHERE U GONNA BE

guest
guest

I am not a teacher, but I have a hard time reading incorrect grammar, considering most of us went to school. Oh and wat is "what" and u is spelled "you." I suggest you take an English class. Oh and I don't drink and drive.

Anamrod26
Anamrod26

Yeah, he was just 22 having fun, but where were his friends trying to stop him from driving drunk. Oh yeah, they were all probably drunk too. You all need to grow up and be more responsible. Obviously you guys aren't mature enough to handle the night life...Next time save some money and call a taxi and you can possible save a life instead of taking it. Matt was a great person and it is such a shame to have lost his life so young.. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Montenegro Family. Just think of one thing...Now there is a mother and family out there that is hurting and suffering because they can't bring back their son, brother, or friend....I hope your little brother gets some help. Maybe that's something you should dedicate yourself to. He will definetly need a lot of help. Just remember everyone has their day. Hopefully your brother won't be so stupid to repeat the same mistake. I hope this has been a lesson for Omar and all his friends and for all those youngsters that are out there believing that nothing will ever happen to them....Enjoy your life because it is so precious and can be lost at any given moment....

UR FAMILY
UR FAMILY

U DUMB F****!! all u do is talk and talk why don't u put ur self in the shoes of both family's OH? thats rite u don't giv a fuck about then so... shut ur mouth mr:DUMB F***

NM
NM

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