A family cruise to paradise turned into a nightmare on Saturday, when an 8-year-old tumbled over the inner railing of a ship and fell to her death. According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Zion Smith fell two stories inside the Carnival Cruise Line Glory ship while passengers we’re in a hurry to leave Saturday after their week-long cruise.
The little girl, Zion Smith, had to have been “on her tippy toes” trying to get a better view of passengers leaving, witness Naquanda Lyons said. Lyons said ” I can only assume that someone accidentally bumped her over the rail.
Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz estimates that the rail was about 40 inches high.
Suddenly the young girl was falling 2 stories, Lyons said the girl hit her head on a wooden table.
“Her mom started screaming, ‘My baby, my baby,'” she said.”she ran down those stairs so fast.”
A retired EMT started to perform CPR on the Zion. Before the police arrived and cordoned off the scene. Zion was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
“We just need some justice and we need some answers, ” Zion uncle told Local 10 News. “Once we get that we can move forward”.
Micheal Winkleman , a maritime lawyer with Miami-based Lipton, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman said his firm has litigated around a thousand cases against Carnival cruise, many of them “over boards” like this case.
A few months ago Winkleman settled a case where a 30-year-old man fell to is death from an in interior railing on a Carnival cruise. The case, like most firm handles, did not go to trial.