After a hit and run left a University of Miami student with serious injuries, a Hialeah body shop owner helped to solve the crime.
South Miami Police were looking for a silver Mercedes E-320 that hit 19-year-old Eliza Gresh April 27th on South Dixie Highway and Red Road. They said the driver of the vehicle continued northbound.
Gabriel Antonio Castro, the owner of Pro Collision LLC, was watching a TV news story about the accident when he connected a vehicle at the shop with the vehicle involved in the crime.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and I know what a car looks like when it hits a wall, when it hits a vehicle and this was very unusual damage to the vehicle,” he said.
Castro also told NBC 6 that the man who brought his car to the shop was “evasive.”
“There were a few red flags that came up when I was looking at the car,” he said.
Castro’s tip led police to Zoila Moyer, the owner of the car, who was arrested for filing a false insurance claim. But authorities said her son Luis Felipe Moya Lopez was the driver that left the scene of the accident.
“I don’t want any contact with them,” Castro said. “I feel that they should never have put me in this position.”
Moya-Lopez is wanted by police for the hit and run that injured Gresh, whose condition was recently updated to fair.