MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Traffic homicide investigators say speed was likely a factor in a fiery crash that killed one person in Miami Friday morning.
The wreck happened at around 1 a.m. on Southwest 3rd Avenue at 15th Road.
Investigators say the driver of a Lexus was speeding northbound on 3rd Avenue when she lost control, hit a curb and crashed into several parked cars before hitting a wall. The Lexus burst into flames on impact killing the driver.
City of Miami fire rescue said no one else was inside that burned up car and no one else on the road was injured.
Witnesses said the fire spread so quickly there was nothing anyone could do to help.
“I heard an explosion. I was asleep had my blackout blinds on, I thought it was lightning. I got up opened the window I saw the car on fire,” said Phil Cantelli.
“I could hear the car just ‘fushh’ like really fast and next thing you heard a boom. I came outside and I saw the car just burning,” said Anthony Byrd who was woken up by the loud bang.
Some residents ran down with fire extinguishers to try to help, but the flames were so intense there was nothing they could do.
“They couldn’t get out because it happened so quick,” said Byrd.
When firefighters extinguished the blaze they found a body inside burned beyond recognition. While the fire spread to five other parked cars, no injuries were reported.
“Although we lost a driver on scene, this crash could have caused more serious to the building or even to the other occupants,” said Miami Fire Rescue Captain Ignatius Carroll.
People who live in the area say the intersection is notoriously dangerous.
“This intersection is very bad,” said Andres Zacarias. “They should put something or do something, there’s a lot of accidents.”