Bridge worker Navaro Brown, an employee at Structural Technologies VSL, was among the victims who died in the collapse of the Florida International University newly-installed bridge. At 37 Navaro Brown died Thursday on the scene, under the collapsed bridge. Brown was from Mocho, Clarendon, Jamaica, Brown was a family man who provided for his loved ones. According to Michael Biesiada, a spokesman for Structural Technologies VSL.
Two other employees of the company were hospitalized at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, what Biesiada would not disclose what the employees were doing on the bridge when it collapsed, He did confirm that Structural Technologies VSL was “providing installation support for our product.” Documents from FIU and Bolton Perez & Associates, obtained by the Miami Herald, show that Structural Technologies, VSL was paid over $300,000 for “post-tensioning work,” a method for reinforcing concrete.
Authorities have not been able to establish a cause for the accident. Videos circulating online show the FIU bridge collapsing on SW 8th Street, Built to give Florida International University students safe passage across the busy roadway. Navaro Brown was one the employees who helped take the FIU bridge from blueprints to a pedestrian bridge. Michael Biesiada told the Miami Herald “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Brown’s family and with the other affected employees, we really appreciate the work of the first respondents who immediately offered their help.” On the day of the bridge collapse a family lost a hardworking individual whom they can’t get back, prayers go out to Brown’s family.