Sister of Woman Killed in Miami Hit-and-Run Crash Asks for Public's Help in Finding Suspect

Family, police want witnesses of fatal hit and run to come forward

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    Adriana Mares, the sister of Ana Mares, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Miami, is asking for help in finding the driver. Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes also comments. (Published Monday, Mar 25, 2013)

    The sister of a woman who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Miami Friday night is asking the public's help in finding the suspect.

    "Nothing will bring my sister, my friend, my companion back but we want people to bring forward, come forward," Adriana Mares said through tears Sunday.

    Mares' sister Ana was struck by a car as she was crossing Brickell Bay Drive near 8th Street Friday night. The 52-year-old cancer survivor was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she later died.

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    "I was told she flew about 65 feet from where she was hit, where she landed and where she was found," Adriana Mares said. "The impact fractured her pelvis, she was bleeding internally, badly, and she had multiple fractures in her brain, she was bleeding in her brain, there was blood coming out of her ears."

    Moments earlier, Mares had finished dinner with her sister and family members at a nearby sushi restaurant. She was walking to her car when she was struck from behind.

    "A hit and run driver left this woman lifeless on the side of the road, and just took off, he or she never stopped to render aid," Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

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    Adriana Mares said her sister had been diagnosed with cancer at a young age but had pulled through and had been recently getting back into shape.

    "It just doesn't make sense, everything that she did for herself to get back to have a second chance, for that second chance to be taken away, in the way that it was taken away," she said. "We just can't come to terms with that."

    Mares was someone who would go out of her way to help someone else, her sister said, and now police need your help finding the person behind the wheel of what they believe was a dark colored car.

    "Detectives say it's more inclined to being a Japanese vehicle, and possibly the passenger mirror is missing," Reyes said.

    Police are looking into surveillance video in the area. They're also asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.