Exclusive: Car Used In Fatal Brickell Hit & Run Located
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBS4) – The car police say was involved in a deadly hit and run in Brickell in March now sits parked at the Miami Police Department’s impound lot.
The 2010 black Mazda G3 has a shattered windshield and a dented hood.
When CBS 4 cameras got an exclusive look at the car, its passenger side mirror was hanging by a wire.
The damage serves as a reminder of the impact that killed 52-year-old Anna Mares as she walked to her car one Friday night after dinner with her sister.
“They told me she was dragged or flew over 65 feet of distance,” Adriana Mares said in disbelief just days after the crash.
According to a search warrant, the car belongs to Joy Terry Lee Clayton, though it’s not clear if she was driving it at the time of the crash.
The warrant says Clayton’s attorney at the time, Bobby Hannat, wanted to surrender her in connection to the March 22nd crash.
He told detectives the car was parked in a spot across the street from her Cutler Bay home, the warrant
Clayton would not give a statement.
“The owner of the vehicle has hired an attorney and through that attorney we’ve been able to speak to the owner of the vehicle,” Miami Police Spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.
In a bizarre twist, Mares’ sister, Adriana, and Clayton both work at the University of Miami.
We went by Clayton’s home, but no one answered.
Calls to her new attorney have not been returned.
Police have not made any arrests.
They want to beef up their case with more evidence and witnesses.
They hope the car holds the clues they’ve been searching for.
“The key component to this case is the people that perhaps saw the incident occur that night,” Reyes said.
Investigators have gone through loads of surveillance video taken in Brickell as well as from red light cameras throughout the city.
But they still would like your help.
If you recognize the car or know the person who was driving, you should call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
In an email to CBS 4’s Lauren Pastrana after seeing the pictures, Adriana Mares wrote, “I have no words to express the pain that I feel right now… I hope the driver of the car be identified soon and be brought to justice. Someone must take responsibility and be accounted for my sister’s tragic death. I miss her so much.”