Family grieves as police search for driver who fled after fatal hit-and-run crash
MIAMI – The husband of a woman killed in a hit-and-run crash on Monday told Local 10 News that she had offered to give a friend a ride home.
As the two women approached the intersection at Northeast Third Street and 11th Avenue around noon, another driver behind the wheel of an SUV ran a stop sign and T-boned their car.
That driver and his passengers then took off, showing no regard for the women in the car.
Cellphone video shows the devastating moments after the crash that left the two elderly women trapped inside of the red car moments after they were T-boned by the white SUV.
“The Range Rover just drove into that car, took it a half block down,” said witness Zoraine Vichot.
Vichot said she saw the crash happen right before her eyes and rushed to help, but as she got closer, she quickly realized how badly the women were injured.
“Those two women there unconscious and we couldn’t do nothing because we couldn’t touch them,” Vichot said.
City of Miami Fire Rescue crews arrived and had to use the Jaws of Life to cut the driver and passenger free.
Both women were rushed to the hospital, but sadly 63-year-old Mayra Sanchez was later pronounced dead.
Her husband, Miguel Noguera, was in tears Tuesday as he revisited the crash site.
Sanchez’s daughter is asking for answers.
“She doesn’t deserve this,” said Jacqueline, the victim’s daughter. “I need justice, please.”
While clutching a piece of his wife’s car in one hand, he described her as a wonderful person who was adored by everyone and who did not deserve this.
“She was a beautiful woman,” he said. “Everybody loved her.”
The white Range Rover that struck her vehicle was left damaged.
Detectives said the driver ran the stop sign at 11th Avenue when he and two other passengers between the ages of 17 and 20 took off running, leaving the women hurt and trapped in the wreckage.
“It is heartbreaking, how can you do that?” asked Vichot. “How can you leave somebody like that?”
At last check, the second woman in that red car was in critical condition.
Police are still searching for the driver and passengers who were inside the SUV
Sanchez’s family has a strong message for the people in the SUV who ran off.
“They’re going to catch you,” Jacqueline said. “Whoever you are, please just turn yourself in. This is not fair.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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