Hit-and-run crash kills one driver in Southwest Miami-Dade, suspect unknown

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

Investigators have located the vehicle they believe was involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed one man around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The vehicle, a silver Cadillac Escalade, was found near Blue Lakes Elementary, about two miles from the crash, and is currently at the Florida Highway Patrol headquarters.

The tag is still on the vehicle, according to footage captured by Miami Herald news partner, CBS4. FHP says it has not been able to identify the SUV’s driver.

FHP will be working with Miami-Dade crime scene investigators from Miami-Dade police and CSI to put a driver behind the wheel.

“We have the vehicle, now we have to find a driver,” said spokesperson Joe Sanchez.

The Escalade was traveling west on Bird Road and crashed into the second vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Yaris, pushing it forward on to the sidewalk and into a light pole. The driver of the SUV then drove from the scene traveling further west and making a left on Southwest 102 Avenue, according to witnesses and the FHP.

The driver of the second vehicle, Carlos Jesus Pildain, 67, was pronounced dead on the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The passenger, believed to be his wife, Dixiana Pildain, 55, was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center with serious injuries after she was cut out of the car by rescue workers.

This crash comes only days after another hit-and-run crash in Hialeah on Sunday, in which a man was killed by a driver, Henry Paz, 27, who crashed into a bus stop.

Miami Herald news partner WFOR CBS4 contributed to this report.

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