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Woman leaving a funeral was struck and killed by a car that police were pursuing, police said

Driver of car trying to elude police fatally hits woman, crashes, police say

Miami Police PIO Michael Vega speaks Feb. 24, 2019, after a woman was fatally struck by a car in NW Miami-Dade. Police say the the four people inside the car had been involved in an armed carjacking and armed robbery and were fleeing from police.
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Miami Police PIO Michael Vega speaks Feb. 24, 2019, after a woman was fatally struck by a car in NW Miami-Dade. Police say the the four people inside the car had been involved in an armed carjacking and armed robbery and were fleeing from police.

A woman in her 40s leaving a funeral home was killed Sunday afternoon when a car trying to evade police ran a stop sign, struck another car belonging to an off-duty police officer, jumped the sidewalk and slammed into her, Miami police said. After it hit the woman, the car flipped, hit a light pole and three parked cars.

Police said the maroon Hyundai Elantra was taken in an armed car jacking Saturday night in the county and then was involved in an armed robbery Sunday morning in Allapattah. There were four people inside the flipped car, one adult and three juveniles, and all were taken to the hospital in police custody. One had serious injuries.

Three police officers were also injured, police say. Spokesman Michael Vega said the officers suffered minor injuries while breaking the glass to get the four suspects out of the car. The off duty officer involved in the crash, was not injured, Vega said.



“What a sad thing that a woman comes to pay respects to a friend or family member and is tragically killed by four animals that had committed several robberies on today’s date,” Vega said.

Vega said a “be on the look out” was issue late Saturday night after the Elantra was taken at gunpoint in the county. Another warning went out early Sunday after an armed robbery took place in Allapattah.

So officers were on high alert for a maroon Elantra, Vega said.

Then at about 4:30 p.m. Miami officers spotted a car that matched the description in the Liberty Square area of the city. They followed.

The car took off, Vega said. As it headed east on Northwest 58th Street, it ran a stop sign at Northwest 17th Avenue. The Elantra collided with an off-duty officer in his personal vehicle. The officer had nothing to do with the incident and was “at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Vega said.

The Elantra then flipped, hopped on the sidewalk and hit the woman, who had not been identified as of Sunday night. It then snapped the light pole, and hit two cars. A third was damaged when one of the parked cars was pushed into it.

Vega said the officers were injured trying to remove the young men from the vehicle and were treated on the scene. Several guns were also found in the car, he said.

Police tape surrounded a several block stretch late into the night as investigators worked to collect evidence. Vega said they were able to confirm that the Elantra was the vehicle take in the carjacking because of items found in the car.

“We recognized the vehicle, we pursued the vehicle and unfortunately this happened,” he said.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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