Police search for driver involved in 2 accidents, 1 killed
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are still searching for the driver who killed a bicyclist after finding what they believe is the car involved in several crashes, one of which took that cyclist's life.
But late Sunday, police believe, they found the car involved in the crashes, which occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a black Dodge Charger caused two accidents early Sunday morning and fled the scene of both. The second accident left a bicyclist dead.
The impact woke up neighbors. "My window is right there," said Marita Sanchez, "so I could see the street clearly. When I looked out, I could see something there, and I was like, 'Oh, my God. There's something on the road.'"
Sunday morning, the driver of a black Dodge Charger was heading westbound on Ives Dairy Road near I-95 hit a Dodge Magnum and took off.
The driver of the Magnum then chased after the Charger when the car crashed again. "At that time," said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez, "that vehicle fled, trying to get away from that victim and continued westbound where he was involved in another accident."
The second time, he struck and killed a bicyclist on Northeast 13th Court and Northeast 205th Terrace.
A friend of the 27-year-old victim who died said his friend loved to ride bike. "He had like four or five bicycles," said the friend. "He liked riding his bicycles. He was an athletic person, he played all kinds of sports in school. He didn't deserve to die like this."
Neighbors went outside to find out what happened. "So, when I came out," said Natalia Sanchez, "she crossed the street, she started to get hysterical, the body was laying there. I was gonna go by to see if he was alive, but I saw I didn't see anything moving."
The driver of the Magnum continued his chase after the Charger, into Broward County until he lost track of the suspect. "The victim of the first accident was able to follow him," said Sanchez. "He obtained a partial tag."
Those who witnessed the accident said they want the suspect to be caught. "Just come forward and do the right thing you know?" said Sanchez. "Just do the right thing."
Sunday evening, police found the vehicle believed to be involved in the accident, thanks to the victim who followed the driver into Broward County. "The victim of the first accident and was able to obtain a partial tag."
The driver of the black Dodge Charger is still on the loose but police are one step closer to finding the person.
If you have any information on this hit and run 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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