A 17-year-old is facing vehicular homicide and other charges in connection with a high-speed crash that left a woman dead and another critically injured in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood earlier this week.
The teen, who was identified as the driver of the stolen Range Rover that caused the crash, is facing four other felony charges in addition to vehicular homicide including leaving the scene of a crash causing death, leaving the scene of a crash causing serious injury, driving without a license causing death and driving without a license causing serious injury, Miami Police officials said Thursday.
The hit-and-run crash happened around noon Monday at the intersection of Northwest 11th Avenue and Northwest 3rd Street.
Officials said the Range Rover blew through a stop sign and slammed into a red Nissan Altima at a high rate of speed.
Witnesses said the Range Rover could have been speeding down the street at nearly 100 mph before the collision.
The violent collision killed the Altima's driver, 63-year-old Mayra Sanchez, and left her friend who was a passenger in the car critically injured.
Five parked cars were also struck after the initial impact, and the Range Rover eventually crashed into a fence.
The teen and one other person who was in the Range Rover immediately fled the scene on foot, police said.
Police said they've identified all the parties involved, and that the teen and his passenger confessed to causing the crash and running from the scene.
"There’s video of four people running from the scene, we have determined that two of them are the suspects and two are good Samaritans that were running after them," Miami Police spokesperson Michael Vega said.
An arrest report said Sanchez's friend, Dania Montero, suffered multiple brain bleeds, a broken spine, a spleen laceration and multiple rib fractures. He had to have surgery to remove her spleen and remains in extremely critical condition.
The report said the Range Rover had been reported stolen out of Miami-Dade earlier Monday.
Surveillance video from Monday morning showed the teen driver and his friend pulling up in the Range Rover at a gas station around the corner from the crash scene.
The pair went inside the store wearing black sweatshirts in the video. Police said when the two ran from the scene, they took off their hoodies and tossed them in a dumpster then waited in an abandoned house.
Sanchez's family said they have been in mourning since the tragedy.
"We are really sad, really sad. My mom was a nice woman, mother, daughter, friend, grandmother and this is something that nobody wants it. You never prepare for this. Never," daughter Yaquelin Acosta said.
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