Pedestrian Struck By SUV in Miami in Fatal Crash Still in Critical Condition

Driver in serious condition after fatal crash outside restaurant

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013  |  Updated 11:18 AM EDT
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One person was killed and another critically injured after a car struck two pedestrians and crashed into a building in Miami Tuesday morning. This is surveillance video of inside Liquor Mart.

One person was killed and another critically injured after a car struck two pedestrians and crashed into a building in Miami Tuesday morning. This is surveillance video of inside Liquor Mart.

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RAW VIDEO: Scene Where Car Hit Pedestrians, Building in Miami

One person was killed and another critically injured after a car struck two pedestrians and crashed into a building in Miami Tuesday morning. The incident happened just after 10 a.m. outside the Laguna Seafood Restaurant at 2800 block of Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami Police said.

One Killed, One Critical After Car Hits Pedestrians, Building in Miami

One person was killed and another critically injured after a car struck two pedestrians and crashed into a building in Miami Tuesday morning. Witness Daniel Posada, Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll and John Alexander, the owner of the Laguna Seafood Restaurant, described what happened.
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A man who was struck by a car outside a Miami restaurant Tuesday in a crash that killed another pedestrian remains in critical condition, police said Wednesday.

Carlos M. Characa, 58, remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital a day after the crash outside Laguna Seafood Restaurant at 2800 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami Police said. The second pedestrian, 62-year-old Dario F. Hernandez, was killed at the scene.

The driver, 61-year-old Henry T. Maffett, was in serious condition, police said.

VIDEO: One Killed, One Critical After Car Hits Pedestrians in Miami

Police say Maffett was behind the wheel of a white Dodge Durango when it struck the pedestrians on the sidewalk outside the restaurant before slamming into a liquor store next door.

Another person who was inside the liquor store was checked out at the scene but not badly injured. Surveillance video from inside the store showed the person narrowly escaped injuries when the vehicle plowed into the building.

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Miami-Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said the driver was "confused and slightly combative" and was going to be tested for driving under the influence. One witness said the driver looked like he was experiencing something resembling a seizure.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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