Police search for 3rd car involved in deadly crash
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A car speeding in the wrong direction. New video shows what little time a driver had to react before a killer crash.
The two living members of the Serrano family, Carmen Orta and her son 12-year-old son Gabriel Serrano, remain at Jackson Memorial Hospital, along with the driver of the small car who killed Carmen's husband, Jose Serrano, and their oldest son, German Serrano, as well as his passenger.
For the first time, police have been able to see surveillance video that may help them understand the accident. Surveillance video showed why the crash was so devastating. Before the deadly impact, two cars flew westbound down Flagler Street. Police said the Toyota Scion lost control and swerved in to the Serrano family's SUV's path.
The small two-door car carrying two people and the large SUV filled with a family of four did not look much different in the head-on aftermath. "It just tore off the Toyota's engine block," said Detective Willie Moreno. "It pushed in the entire engine compartment of the Expedition, into it's own passenger compartment."
The passenger in the Toyota was ejected on impact and died instantly. The body of teenager German Serrano was left lying where it landed; a life cut short at 15.
His dad, Jose, who was behind the wheel of the Expedition lived just long enough to get to the hospital. His oldest son left the scene in a body bag. "He was always working on his little model cars," said neighbor, Ivan Izquierda.
"It's very difficult what we're going through, losing a grandson," said the victim's grandfather, David Orta.
Mom, Carmen and her youngest song, Gabriel are struggling to survive. She woke up Saturday, while her 12-year-old son was in surgery.
"Their whole world just collapsed," said Izquierda. "The little one that survived, a few years ago, he survived leukemia. He went through that and he was able to survive this as well. He's a fighter."
His aunt has no words. The family is from Cuba and can only cry and cling to one another as Miami Police look for two other cars they believe sped away from the scene.
Police believe there were a lot more people on the street that night who saw the accident. They believe there may have been a black Chevy Impala racing that night, as well.
If you have any information on this deadly accident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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