MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami police have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run crash of 16-year-old Diani Gomez Sanchez, whose viewing took place Friday night.
According to police, traffic homicide investigators arrested 60-year-old Jose Fimia and charged him with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death, driving with a suspended license and tampering with physical evidence.READ MORE: South Florida Students Face Serious Charges, Lifelong Consequences For School Threats
Diani’s body was found by her uncle on Sunday, May 16 near the Pelican Harbor Marina on the 79th Street Causeway after she went for a run the night before and never returned home.
On Tuesday, police found a damaged gray sedan parked at an apartment building on NE Bayshore Court, just blocks from where the body was found.
The gray sedan belongs to Fimia, according to the police report, which states investigators found the car had damage to its passenger front end, windshield and right side, “consistent with injuries the victim sustained.” In addition, the report states, the damaged right front tire was found in the trunk. It had been replaced by the spare tire, and all of the hubcaps were missing.
The report also states, “several strands of treated hair (blue hair dye) were embedded in the windshield and passenger side mirror housing.” Diani had blue hair.READ MORE: 'He Understood Sacrifice': Former Florida Rep. Donna Shalala Remembers Bob Dole As Selfless War Hero
Fimia is being held without bond.
Meantime, her family and friends gathered Friday night at National Funeral Homes in Miami for her viewing.
People poured in to show their love for Diani, who died too young.
“It made me happy that a lot of people came to support her but also made me sad knowing that I will never get to see her,” said her cousin Christine Gomez. “She was just a very happy girl outgoing person. She just took care of everyone.”
Her uncle told CBS4 News in Spanish, “I am still very depressed,” but the family does feel some peace knowing an arrest has been made.MORE NEWS: Biden Administration Implementing New Travel Rules To Help Combat Spread Of Omicron Variant
“It makes me a bit happy someone is in custody and that person won’t let any other family suffer like we are right now.”