HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – A single car crash early Thursday morning left a teenager dead and young man in the hospital.
The accident happened around 1 a.m. on West 28th Avenue near 59th street.
Investigators believe 18-year-old Danyelo Rivalta was headed south in his 1995 Buick Riviera when he lost control. Skid marks show how the car swerved into oncoming traffic, hit one tree, and then spun out and slammed into another tree.
Debris was scattered hundreds of feet from the point of impact. Even one of the car seats had to be cleared from the road.
Hialeah Fire Rescue confirmed 17-year-old Natasha Gutierrez, who was in the passenger’s seat, was killed.
Rivalta suffered traumatic injuries, according to paramedics, and was airlifted to the emergency room at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.
Some witnesses said the driver was speeding.
Neighbors describe hearing a huge impact and then seeing a car, barely recognizable.
Jen Morgado heard the accident.
“I just heard a big impact and I went running outside to call 911 and all of this was like pieces of the car,” Morgado said.
Some witnesses said Gutierrez was ejected from the car.
“I saw the woman was under the car and there was a man inside that was bleeding,” Morgado said.
The car was wrapped around a tree and split in half.
Police are looking at whether speed played a role in the crash.
“The car lost control and it started doing flips and the car spinned and it hit the tree,” said Morgado.