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DORAL (CBSMiami) – Authorities combed through a car as part of an investigation into a deadly hit and run along the Turnpike Friday morning.
By late Friday evening, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigators combed through the Chevy Camaro at FHP headquarters searching for clues and possible DNA evidence that could lead them to the driver. An FHP spokesperson said they located the stolen Chevy Equinox abandoned in Homestead, thanks an Onstar device in the car.
FHP says the victims are a father and his son and they were standing outside the son’s truck on the eastbound ramp to State Road 836 when it happened.
FHP said 57-year-old Jose Eduardo Cepeda Luna and his 34-year-old son Cesar Eduardo Cepeda lost their lives in the hit and run accident.
“I feel bad for their families,” said neighbor George Escobar.
It all started when the son’s pickup truck lost control.
“At 4:30 I went walking my dog. I heard a loud screech but that happens all the time and I saw a man standing next to a pickup truck just looking around,” said neighbor Fernando Heredia.
FHP said the driver of the pickup truck called his father for help so he came to the scene and, tragically, they were both together outside the son’s truck when they were hit.
“Two individuals were outside the pickup when a Camaro came in the same direction and lost control and collided with the Silverado pickup truck,” said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez.
The father and son died at the scene.
FHP says the person who struck them took off in the father’s vehicle. Neighbors are angry the driver took off.
“Ladies and gentlemen people here in Miami don’t know how to drive. They are very bad,” said neighbor Raul Molina.
Investigators are looking at Sunpass records, searching for surveillance video and hoping to find someone who witnessed the crash or has pictures or video.
“This is very important…getting assistance from the public. It often helps in these situations and remember it could have been one member of your family so we need help in this investigation,” said Trooper Sanchez. “I’m very optimistic that someone who saw something will come forward and do the right thing.”
FHP says they located the owner of the Camaro but that person is not a person of interest at this time. We’re told the owner of the car gave names to FHP of people who had access to the vehicle. It’s unknown who was driving it.
Family and friends of the victims say Cepeda and Luna were the sole providers for their families. Luna with a wife, four children, including 2 minor children, and many grandchildren. Cepeda leaves behind a wife and two small kids. The family set up a page on gofundme.com to help pay for two funerals and burials and other expenses.
If you can help in the case, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471- TIPS.