One person was killed and another person was critically injured in a late night hit-and-run crash in Allapattah, Miami Police say.
The deadly crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. According to Miami homicide detectives, a Dodge Ram collided with a Buick SUV at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 36th Street in Allapattah.
Red light camera footage shows the moment of impact. The video shows the Buick make a left turn onto northwest 36th Street and seconds later the Dodge heading northbound on 27th Avenue crashes into the SUV.
The two people in the Dodge Ram took off running from the scene after the impact. "They were seen running across state road 112 and were lost north of the intersection," said Det. Joseph Kennedy of the Miami Police Department.
The driver of the Buick says he's lucky to be alive, but very distraught because one of his friends died and two are injured. He says they all live in the same community and were heading from a house to a restaurant, but never made it to their destination.
Carlos Rodas says he was behind the wheel of the Buick and walked away uninjured. His three passengers, however, were all transported to a hospital.
Rainaldo Murillo,56, died after Sunday night's crash. According to friends, Gilberto Reyes is in critical condition and Marcos Novoa who we spoke to over the phone, remains in stable condition. Novoa says he feels as if he were born again because his life was spared.
Although detectives say the driver of the Buick confronted the men prior to them running away, Rodas told us there was no interaction.
He remembers seeing the Dodge Ram occupants looking at their car damage and quickly disappearing.
"There's a question as far as the light is concerned, but we have red light cameras on this intersection," Det. Kennedy said.
According to police, there are several red light cameras in the area and police are reviewing that video. The men are described as black males, around 20-30 years old.
Those red light cameras should help paint a better picture of what happened, however, detectives said based on preliminary evidence, it's possible that the two that fled were not even at fault.
"If this was you that was impacted by this other vehicle and you were the victim on this side, what would you wanna do? You were just lucky to walk away," said Det. Kennedy.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.