Man arrested after fatal bus stop hit and run
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police have arrested the driver who killed a man and injured another after he crashed his car into a bus stop.
The deadly accident happened at around 9 p.m. Sunday at the bus stop in front of a Pollo Tropical restaurant along West 49th Street and 16th Avenue. "Two people that were sitting waiting for the bus were struck by a vehicle that lost control then later fled the scene," said Hialeah Police Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez.
Monday afternoon, the surviving victim remains hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Relatives identified him as 24-year-old Johnathan Codero. Miguelina Acevedo, Codero's aunt, said, "We're devastated. We don't know what to think, what to do."
Codero suffered severe injuries to his lower body, and doctors had to amputate three-quarters of his left leg. They are now trying to save his right leg.
"He's critical," said the victim's sister, Natalie Codero. "He's going to live, and that's the best part; that's what we're happy about. He's going to survive. He's going to recover, but it's very serious right now."
About a mile away, on East 49th Street and Second Avenue, officers found the suspect car, a silver 2007 Toyota Camry, on a flat bed tow truck. They also arrested the alleged driver, Henry Paz, after questioning him and talking to witnesses.
Investigators said Paz' actions also killed a man in his 50s, who was violently thrown into the drive-thru of the restaurant, where he later died from his injuries. "Now, we have one person who has died on scene, and we have another person with serious injuries that has been transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital," said Rodriguez.
Police have not released the identity of the man who passed away. Meanwhile, the surviving victim's sister called her brother a hard worker who loved cars and hanging out with friends. "I just wanted his friends to know that he's injured," she said, "and he's here, and people want to know how he's doing and that he's doing OK, but he's in critical."
The sister said her brother was just trying to get home from work, anyone who leaves the scene of a crash should be held responsible. "I think that's so irresponsible, such an irresponsible thing to do. I mean, how can you be so irresponsible to other people's lives?"
Paz remains behind bars awaiting a bond court hearing Tuesday. More charges may be coming since he did admit to having two drinks before getting behind the wheel before the fatal crash.
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