1 Dead in 4-Car Crash in Southwest Miami-Dade: Police

Homicide investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash.

One person is dead after a crash involving four cars in Southwest Miami-Dade, officials said.

Homicide investigators are looking into the crash that happened at about 9:41 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Southwest 117th Avenue and Southwest 72nd Street, according to Miami-Dade Police.

Two cars were stopped on the northbound lanes of Southwest 117th Avenue at a red light while two other cars were traveling northbound towards the light, police said. One of the cars going northbound struck the other, causing it to crash into the two stopped cars, according to MDPD.

The driver of one of the cars stopped at the red light died on scene. The teen passenger that was in the car with him is in stable condition, police said.

Friends identified the man as 57-year-old Steve Davis, a deacon at Sunset Church of Christ.

"I know of no one that had greater faith than Steve," said Sunset Church of Christ Elder Sherrill Hudson.

Hudson said Davis and his daughter, Katie, were on their way to 10 a.m. services when the crash happened. Davis' wife stayed home because she was sick.

"The car flipped all the way over. Katie was smelling gasoline and felt like she needed to get out of the car because she was afraid," Minister Jim Holway said.

Katie managed to crawl out of the mangled vehicle to safety, but for her father, it would be too late.

"We lost one of the real rocks of our congregation," Hudson said.

The adult driver and teenage passenger of the car that caused the crash were taken to a local hospital and are in stable condition, according to police.

The congregation believes the driver who started the chain reaction crash may have had a medical emergency.

"We understand the person driving had a seizure and just kind of locked up and [his] foot went down on the pedal, on the accelerator," Holway said.

Officials are still trying to determine what caused the crash. No other information was immediately available.

The Davis family's loss is one shared by an entire community.

"Their family and church family will help get them through this," said Hudson.

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