Miguel Larrieu and Jorge Arrojas had proudly made their Southwest Ranches house a home. They were partners and best friends for more than 4 decades, but only one would return to that home on Saturday.
Arrojas was killed in a crash as the two traveled up Interstate 75, headed home from Bal Harbour after dinner with friends.
Officials said a red 2009 Ferrari Scuderia traveling northbound in the center lane struck their blue 2012 Hyundai Sonata from behind just north of Northwest 138th Street.
The impact caused the Ferrari to rotate into the left shoulder before coming to a stop on the grass median, said a Florida Highway Patrol press release.
Meanwhile, the Hyundai struck a white 1997 Saturn from behind, rolled over onto the grass median and came to a stop on the left shoulder, the release said. The Saturn rotated and came to rest on the shoulder ahead of the Hyundai, according to officials.
Arrojas, 60, died on the scene, officials said. Larrieu, 62, who was in the passenger seat, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, the release said.
Larrieu said the Hyundai overturned several times, like a spool of thread. Arrojas's head would come to rest on his partner's chest.
"'Please Jorge breathe,' I must have said it 100 times," said Larrieu, describing the final words he uttered to Arrojas.
The driver of the Saturn, 42-year-old Fulvio Davila of Miami Gardens, was treated for minor injuries, according to the release.
Officials are now looking for the driver of the red Ferrari, who officials say fled before first responders arrived on the scene, leaving his mangled car behind.
"We don't know how he left the scene. Whether he may have been picked up by someone else, or called someone. Witnesses say when they went down to the Ferrari, they could not find the driver," FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez said.
Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
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