Driver killed when cars crash into buildings in Miami-Dade

 

gsolis@MiamiHerald.com

Two cars veered off the road and crashed into buildings in Miami-Dade County late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

In the first crash a 20-year-old man died after loosing control while maneuvering a turn. He then crashed into a tire storage garage on Northeast 118th Street and West Dixie Highway.

No one inside the building was injured, a Miami-Dade police spokesman said.

In another unrelated crash Tuesday night, the driver of a stolen Corvette was on the run from police, launched the sports car into the air, smashed into a house, and ran off before cops could catch him.

An undercover police unit spotted the black muscle car about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near Northwest 74th Street and 17th Avenue. The officer followed the stolen car but did not chase it, Pimentel said.

As soon as the Corvette’s driver noticed police were following, he hit the gas.

The car went up the slope of a nearby railroad track. The driver then lost control, hit a curb and flew into a house.

“I was in my back bedroom watching a movie and heard this loud noise,” Campbell told Miami Herald news partner CBS4. “All I saw was smoke over here. I didn’t know what was in there. I thought it was a fire that started or something. Seems like it went airborne and started hitting the front of the house and then went all the way to the back.”

The car landed six inches above the ground and looked like it was on its way up, Pimentel said.

Neighbors saw the driver, who remains unidentified, run from the wreckage.

Police quickly set up a perimeter but were unable to locate him, investigators said.

Miami-Dade, Miami and Opa-locka police are investigating.

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