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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Police have released red light camera video in hopes of tracking down the two people who fled the scene of a deadly hit and run crash Sunday night.
Surveillance video from a nearby gas station also captured the wreck that took the life of a 56-year-old man and left another man in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The video from a Shell service station captured what looks like flames at the moment of impact as the accident happened at 11:34 PM Sunday at the intersection of N.W. 27th Ave. and N.W. 36th Street. The tape also shows some cars stopping as others keep moving past the wreckage.
The red light camera video shows a Dodge Ram traveling northbound on N.W. 27th Ave. The driver had a green light.
From another angle, you can see a Buick SUV making a left at that intersection. It also had a green light, but traffic laws would suggest the other vehicle had the right of way.
The SUV made a left turn and the pick-up truck smashed into it.
Police have identified the deceased victim as 56-year-old Rainaldo Murillo.
Friends and relatives identified the victim in critical condition as Gilberto Reyes
Felicitat Rivera told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that her son, Marco Novoa, hurt his right elbow and ribs. “His elbow is hurt and he has rib damage,” she told D’Oench. “There’s always crazy people in the streets.”
Nadia Vargas, who is a friend of Novoa, said, “He is in pain from the shock and the impact. He went into surgery. This is bad, very bad.”
Nelly Alvarez, a friend of the victims, said, “I have known these people for years. They are good people.”
Carlos Rodas Medina said he was driving the SUV.
“It hurts. It hurts,” he told CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana about the death of his friend. “I lost a good friend.”
Medina said Murillo was nearly killed in an accident several months ago. He said he spent a month in the hospital and was only just getting back to work to provide for his family in Honduras.
Medina thinks the people in the other car should have stayed on scene.
“Apparently, they were drinking,” he said. “Because I saw plastic cups on the ground.”
Police have not said whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Police say the two men, in their late 20s or early 30s, who were the driver and passenger of the Ram 1500, jumped out of the vehicle and took off from the scene northbound and were last seen running across State Road 112 in to a nearby neighborhood.
Investigators say they may not have been at fault but they could face serious charges for leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Investigators are looking into whether someone ran a red light and are also trying to find out if red light cameras have additional video.
Miami Police Detective Joseph Kennedy said, “There are a lot of cameras in the area. We are asking that these two individuals come forward. Northbound from here they were seen running across State Road 112.”
Alberto Somirriba, the manager of the Shell service station whose surveillance cameras recorded what happened at the scene, said, “It’s just too heavy for me. It’s terrible. It’s terrible. The police have to catch these people.”
Anyone who can help Miami Police should call them or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).