1 dead, 2 injured in I-75 multi-vehicle collision
SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are searching for the driver of a Ferrari who, they say, struck a car from behind in a chain-reaction crash that claimed the life of one man and injured two others, including the deceased motorist's life partner of over 40 years.
Sixty-two-year-old Miguel Larrieu said he and longtime companion Jorge Arrojas, 60, were coming home from a dinner party Saturday around 12:30 a.m. and were heading northbound on Interstate 75 when their 2012 Hyundai Sonata was rear-ended. "I said, 'Jorge, please, please breathe for me,'" said Larrieu from his Southwest Ranches home Sunday evening.
According to officials, a red 2009 Ferrari heading north on I-75 struck Arrojas' blue sedan in the left rear at a high rate of speed just north of Northwest 138th Street in Miami Lakes. "At the point of impact it sounded like a bomb," said Larrieu. The collision caused the Hyundai to veer to the right, hitting a white 1997 Saturn in the rear.
The Italian sports car veered to the left across two lanes and ended up a mangled metal mess in the grass median. The Hyundai entered the grass median and rolled over several times before coming to rest on the grass shoulder. "The impact was so forceful that it forced that vehicle onto the median, where it overturned," said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez.
Arrojas was declared dead on the scene. "He looked so peaceful," said Larrieu, fighting back tears. "On his face there was a look of peace, like the angels were coming. I tried my best to wake him." Larrieu was transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and was later discharged.
"He didn't deserve this. Oh, my God," said Marta Arrojas, the deceased motorist's sister-in-law.
She said life will not be the same without her brother-in-law. "We [used to] get together at family affairs," she said. "He jokes, but he just had a way with it."
"He always thought of everybody before thinking of himself," said Larrieu about his life partner. "He would go to Miami two or three times a week to drive his 87-year-old mother to the doctor so that she could get attention for her medical needs."
The Saturn wound up just ahead of the Sonata on the grass shoulder. The driver, 42-year-old Fulvio Davila, suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.
Investigators said the driver of the Ferrari did not offer to help the victims and fled the scene before first responders arrived. They have not determined whether he was picked up by another car or if he sustained any injuries.
Marta said she does not understand why someone would flee the scene of the accident. "If I hit somebody, I would definitely [stay], take care of all the information, everything," she said. "God, I hope they get that guy, I really do."
Florida Highway Patrol deputies impounded the Ferrari. "We know who the owner is," said Sanchez. "At this time, what we need to do is put someone behind the wheel, the person who caused the fatal accident, the person who was driving recklessly on I-75 that caused this accident."
According to El Nuevo Herald, the Ferrari is registered to a man named Radomin Delgado. Police are now trying to determine whether Delgado, a popular driver on Miami-Dade County's racetracks, was behind the wheel of the Ferrari during the deadly collision.
Larrieu said he is trying to find closure from his ordeal. "If the person responsible for this is listening ... they've actually terminated the life of someone who had a very good reason for living," he said.
If you have any information on this fatal 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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