Alexia Echevarria of the Real Housewives of Miami nearly lost her younger son, Frankie, in a car accident last August.
She will return for season 2, her role will be limited. On New Years’ Day, Frankie was able to attend a football game, his first public outing since the tragic accident.
Yesterday, Bravo PR announced a second season for the series.
From the Miami Herald
Alexia Echevarria is coming back to season 2 of Real Housewives of Miami, but her role will be different due to life changes.
“It was a parent’s worst nightmare to get that phone call,’’ says Echevarria, referring to what happened on a Sunday afternoon last August, when her son Frankie, who turns 15 on Feb. 25, was riding in the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend from school.
It was raining and conditions were slick on the 79th Street Causeway near the Normandy Shores home Alexia shares with husband Herman Echevarria and her older son, Peter, when the car went out of control, spinning into oncoming traffic. Frankie, whose side took all of the impact, ended up in ICU at Ryder Trauma at Jackson Memorial with a serious head injury and various broken bones, including a crushed pelvis. No one else was hurt.
These days, he is still undergoing therapy at Jackson five days a week.
“His progress is a miracle,’’ says the Hialeah native, who just resumed working again — part time — as executive editor of Venue magazine. “He’s eating, he’s walking, he’s happy, he’s not on medication. The doctors are amazed.’’ Speech is the most pressing issue at the moment.
The family situation will not be televised because it’s such a “personal matter,’’ though Echevarria will likely talk on camera to the other women — remaining cast mates Lea Black, Adriana De Moure and Marysol Patton — about her feelings when filming resumes in the next few weeks
The father of her older son Peter is in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Frankie continues in recovery.