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Family of Local Woman Beaten to Death During Sexual Assault Say Hotel Could Have Prevented Her Murder

A Miami Dade County jury awarded the parents of Yaimi Guevara Machado $12 million following a five-day trial that originated from a wrongful death negligent security lawsuit filed against the Chesapeake Motel.

On April 10, 2016, the 30-year-old Machado was locked out of her hotel room only wearing a bra and jeans when she asked the staff of the Hialeah motel for help They refused. Moments later, police say, she was beaten to death by Ronald Lopez Andrade who has been charged with first degree murder.

Machado’s family filed the lawsuit against the owners of the Chesapeake Motel because they believe its staff had several opportunities to prevent the tragedy. Along with not assisting Machado when she approached them, the hotel’s staff:
• Allowed Andrade, who was not a hotel guest, to linger on the property
• sold Andrade alcohol
• fielded a request from the inebriated Andrade for help to find a prostitute
• did not kick Andrade off property when he sought sexual favors from a housekeeper

Machado’s parents, Julia Machado and Rafael Guevara, hope their successful lawsuit sends a message to budget motels to follow the best practices in the lodging industry to provide the security that will help prevent tragedies like these from destroying another family. The Haggard Law Firm, who represented the family, has successfully litigated dozens of tragic negligent security cases against budget motels.

Attorneys on the Case: Christopher Marlowe of The Haggard Law Firm, Jason Brenner of The Haggard Law Firm, Alexi Izquierdo – Izquierdo Law