MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Police have named a person who they want to question after a 33-year-old man is struck and killed in a hit and run accident Saturday night.
George Colina, the assistant chief of Miami Police, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “Now we’ve identified who that person was who was behind the wheel. We’re aware that person has a history of driving issues. We’re asking for the public’s help in apprehending that individual who we feel is a danger to society. This gentleman fled the scene and has no remorse for his actions.”
Police said Pedro Gonzalez was walking his walking his beloved fox terrier, “Mister V.P.,” just before 10 p.m. Saturday night at N.W. 12th Ave. and N.W. 2nd St. when he was struck by a car. He was rushed to nearby Ryder Trauma Center but did not survive.
His dog ran two blocks back to the apartment where he lived in with Gonzalez and his mother Carmen Montoya.
Police said they want to question 25-year-old Bayron Villalobos after a 2006 green Chrysler 300 sedan with front-end damage was found Monday afternoon at his family home at 3087 N.W. 11th St.
Officer Kenia Fallat told D’Oench, “We need to speak to Mr. Villalobos. We need to get a hold of him and speak to him. We just want to talk to him and see about his involvement in the crash. Most important, someone may know where he is and we want those calls to come in.
“Just like every case, we want to solve this but this is out of the norm. You have someone walking and someone strikes him and keeps going. He was in the company of a dog and doing nothing wrong. We are grateful to the community for the tips coming in but we still need the community’s help.”
Villalobos is described by police as a “white mulatto male” who is 5’10”, 230 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair and is from Honduras. He also has a birth mark on the left side of his cheek.
Police said he has a history of fleeing a crash with property damage, DUI and driving while his license is suspended and multiple criminal traffic offenses.
“We’re extremely concerned,” said Colina. “Number one because this individual does have a history for violent traffic offenses in the past and this individual may attempt to do anything possible to elude the authorities. Any information the public has will be greatly appreciated.”
“Mr. Villalobos is no stranger to law enforcement,” said Fallat.
The victim’s mother told D’Oench on Monday that she was grateful that police had found the car and said she hoped that there would be an arrest soon in the case. She said that would give her “closure.”
Miami Police said anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).
There’s a reward of up to $3,000.