Police suspect drag racing in crash that killed 3
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police suspect drag racing may have caused a head-on crash that killed three people.
Three others survived the crash, early Saturday morning, but remain at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. They include two surviving members of the Serrano family, Carmen Orta and her son 12-year-old son Gabriel Serrano, along with the driver of the other car. Carmen's husband, Jose Serrano, and their oldest son, German Serrano, as well as the passenger in the other car all died.
Police released 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 a Toyota Scion lost control and swerved into the path of the Ford Expedition, which contained the Serrano family.
The small two-door car carrying two people and the large sport utility vehicle did not look much different from each other in the aftermath of the crash: small, crumbled ruins. "It just tore off the Toyota's engine block," said Miami Police Detective Willie Moreno. "It pushed in the entire engine compartment of the Expedition, into it's own passenger compartment."
The passenger in the Toyota, 20-year-old Ivan Rodriguez Jr., 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. "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. investigators also think at least two other cars may be involved in the crash, and one could have been a black Chevy Impala.
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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