Carlos Pildain was killed and Dixiana Pildain injured in a hit-and-run crash on Tuesday, news sources report. Carlos, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene; his wife Dixiana, 55, sustained serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Police are still searching for the hit-and-run driver, though they may have already found the hit-and-run vehicle.
According to reports, the crash occurred around 1:00 Tuesday morning at the intersection of Bird Road and Southwest 97th Avenue in Kendall. Sources suggest the intersection is a large one regulated by a traffic light. Carlos and Dixiana were in a Toyota Yaris near the intersection when a Cadillac Escalade rear-ended them, reports say. The Escalade allegedly fled the scene. The details of the crash, including whether the couple was stopped when they were hit, have not been released.
Several people witnessed the crash, according to reports. One witness rushed to the two victims to see if he could help. “When I went up to the wife I tried to talk to the husband. She tried to smack his face to see if he was conscious, but he never really responded,” the witness reportedly said. Dixiana was taken to the Kendall Regional Hospital; her condition has since been moved from serious to fair, sources report. Carlos died at the scene of the accident, reports say.
Another witness decided to chase after the Cadillac Escalade as it fled the scene. “All of a sudden, I see everybody, and I still see the car, and I get my adrenaline, and I start going after the [driver], you know?” the witness purportedly said in an interview. “I start going after the guy, and at least trying to get as close as possible.” Reports say the hit-and-run suspect was too fast and the pursuing witness could not keep up.
Florida Highway Patrol officials found a Cadillac Escalade parked at Blue Lakes Elementary soon after the accident. Officers believe it was the vehicle involved in the deadly hit-and-run. “It has damage that may be consistent with the crash, but we are still investigating,” an FHP spokesperson said. At press time, the driver of the Escalade was still at large. Officers in the Kendall region are asking anyone with more information to contact them immediately.
Hit-and-run crashes are an almost daily routine in South Florida. Earlier this week, Henry A. Paz of Hialeah purportedly drove into a bus bench, injuring Jonathan Manuel Cordero and killing another man. Cordero, 24, was critically injured and had to have both legs amputated. The second victim was not identified in reports; he may be in his 50s, sources say. Paz, who fled, was later apprehended on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries and leaving the scene of a crash with a death. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal aid.
Reports say the accident happened around 9:30 at a bus stop on West 16th Avenue and 49th Street. Cordero and the other victim were at the bus stop Paz reportedly lost control of his car and crashed, striking both victims. Paz fled the scene, but was later apprehended.