The driver of a car died Saturday and his passenger was hospitalized after a rollover accident caused by a modern Ferrari sports car, whose driver fled and left the expensive car at the scene of the accident, on I-75, near Hialeah.
The driver Jorge Arrojas, 60, died at the scene. Passenger Miguel Larrieu, 62, was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Their blue Hyundai Sonata was struck from behind by a 2009 Ferrari, 430 Scuderia model, at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
"We are looking for a person of interest tied to the Ferrari who was at the scene," said Joe Sanchez, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol. "The driver of that modern car fled the scene, leaving behind a dead person.”
After crashing into the Hyundai, the Ferrari also hit a Saturn, but the driver of that car, Fulvio Davila, 42, suffered no major injuries, Sanchez said.
The FHP has launched an investigation to identify the driver of the Ferrari, which was towed along with the Hyundai FHP headquarters in Doral. According to Sanchez, several witnesses stated that the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, which has an estimated price tag of $250,000 to $ 300,000, was speeding.
Arrojas, a retiree who had worked at a U.S. Post Office in Miami-Dade, had a four-decade long relationship with Larrieu. The two were returning home from a dinner in Miami Beach when their car was slammed, the Larrieu family said.
"Miguel is stable but very sad," his brother Frankie Larrieu told el Nuevo Herald. "The death of his life partner has been devastating, something horrible that has hit him hard."
Frankie Larrieu said his brother Miguel told him that he and Arrojas were returning to their home in Southwest Ranches in Broward, via the Gratigny Expressway, going west. Suddenly, near the entrance connecting to I-75, heading north, the Ferrari slammed into them at a high speed.
"Miguel told me it was a very violent impact, as if a bomb had exploded," Frankie Larrieu said. "The Ferrari was travelling at 80 to 90 miles per hour and knocked them off the highway."
Police said the car flipped over several times until it landed on a landscaped portion of a median off the highway. Arrojas died at the scene. His body was on Larrieu, who had to wait for rescuers to pull him out of the Hyundai and be transported to the hospital.
"A few hours later, he was discharged. But my brother had to return to Jackson because he had to undergo additional exams in the same hospital," Frankie Larrieu said.
Sanchez called on the community to help identify the driver of the Ferrari. Anyone with information is asked to call 305-470-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
In another fatal accident, which also happened on Saturday morning, a young motorcyclist was killed on the Turnpike, at about Northwest 41st Street, near Doral, FHP said.
Jassiel Ramos Diaz, 25, died after losing control of his 2003 Yamasaki "for unknown reasons." Ramos Diaz hit a speed limit sign and the motorcycle landed on its side.
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