Three Killed in Crash Caused by Flagler Street Race: Cops

The racing car collided with a family in an SUV

By Karen Franklin and Donna Rapado
|  Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012  |  Updated 1:22 PM EDT
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Three people were killed after police say a driver racing two other cars crashed his vehicle into oncoming traffic. The accident occurred just before 2 a.m. on Flagler Street and 58th Avenue, according to authorities. Miami Police spokesman Willie Moreno said a Toyota Scion, racing westbound with two other vehicles, lost control and crashed head-on with a family of four in a Ford Expedition.

Three people were killed after police say a driver racing two other cars crashed his vehicle into oncoming traffic. The accident occurred just before 2 a.m. on Flagler Street and 58th Avenue, according to authorities. Miami Police spokesman Willie Moreno said a Toyota Scion, racing westbound with two other vehicles, lost control and crashed head-on with a family of four in a Ford Expedition.

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Three people were killed after police say a driver racing two other cars crashed his vehicle into oncoming traffic.

The accident occurred just before 2 a.m. on Flagler Street and 58th Avenue, according to authorities. Miami Police spokesman Willie Moreno said a Toyota Scion, racing westbound with two other vehicles, lost control and crashed head-on with a family of four in a Ford Expedition.

"I knew what kind of car it was because I know about that," said onlooker Antonio Hernandez. "But it was, my impression was I have to stop to see that because I need to stop racing."

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The impact killed father Jose Serrano, 43, and his son, German Serrano, 15. The mother, 42-year-old Carmen Orta and the second child, 12-year-old Gabriel Serrano, remain in extremely critical condition at a hospital.

"I spoke to my mother about 15 minutes before the accident -- that's what she told me -- 'I'll be home in 15 minutes,'" said her daughter Maria Armas.

She told NBC 6 South Florida that her mother and father had just reconciled after a separation.

"The kids were happier than ever because they had their parents back together," Armas said. "Now they're not back together no more, he's gone, little brother is gone."

Also killed was 20-year-old Ivan Rodriquez Jr., the passenger in the Scion, who was ejected and pronounced dead on the scene.

“You can see that the impact is so massive that it tossed this SUV, just tossed it around,” Moreno said. “The vehicle continued to rotate an additional three times before coming to a resting point. Also so massive the impact that the entire engine was dislodged from this vehicle.”

Police said that the Scion was traveling at an “excessive high rate of speed,” possibly 100 mph.

Moreno said authorities believe one of the other cars involved is a black Chevrolet Impala, but police are looking for accident footage from local businesses.

The driver of the Scion, identified as 19-year-old Alejandro Hernandez, who was also ejected from the vehicle, is in critical condition.

"There's no one, there’s absolutely nothing anyone can tell me or do that can bring them back,” Armas said. “I do believe justice has to come in some way."

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