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Police Find Man Shot to Death After Car Crashes Into Tree in Miami Lakes

Police discovered a man shot dead in the back of a car that crashed into a tree Thursday in Miami Lakes, and officials are looking for the possible driver of the vehicle.

Police said the incident happened around 7:21 p.m. Thursday. A gray Volkswagen Jetta was traveling southbound on 89th Avenue, when it lost control and crashed into a tree near Northwest 89th Avenue and 146th Street. 

People in the area said they heard a crash and went outside. That's when witnesses said they saw someone running away from the scene of the crash. 

When police arrived on scene, they thought it was a hit and run. They found a bullet hole in the rearview window and found a man, later identified as 37-year-old Lester Hernandez, dead from a gun shot wound in the backseat.

Police are looking for the driver of the vehicle to come forward to figure out what led to Hernandez's death.

A suspect hasn't been named and a description wasn't available.

Anyone with information on this incident is being urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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