Pedestrians getting coffee at sidewalk window when hit by out-of-control SUV

 

Miami Herald Staff Report

The pedestrian struck and killed by an out-of-control SUV has been identified.

Dario F. Hernandez, 62, died in the 2800 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue. Carlos M. Characa, 58, also was hit and is in critical condition, according to Miami police spokesman William Moreno.

Police say the driver of a white Dodge Durango was heading north when he crossed the southbound lanes of Seventh Avenue and ended up on the sidewalk, striking the two pedestrians outside of a restaurant.

Driver Henry T Maffett, 61, is in serious condition, Miami police said.

Miami police are still investigating the cause of the crash, Moreno said.

A witness across the street told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 said the two men were getting coffee from the take-out window of the Laguna Seafood Restaurant.

Paul Jarrim said one of the men hit, who drove a taxi, was killed instantly.

“I feel for him, I feel for his family,” Jarrim said.

The SUV then slammed into a liquor store next to the restaurant. The impact caused bottles to fall from shelves inside the restaurant and injured Mike Jimenez, the store’s owner, who was knocked to the ground.

“I have no words right now, I’m just glad to be here, I’m blessed,” Jimenez told CBS4. “I felt lucky, I felt blessed.”

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