Fara Zaldivar is wanted in connection with a Miami, Florida hit-and-run crash with Carlos Jesus Pildain and Dixiana Pildain last month, news sources report. Carlos, 67, was pronounced dead following the crash, while Dixiana was treated at the Kendall Regional Hospital. Police have reportedly named Zaldivar as a person of interest because her car was allegedly spotted hitting the couple in surveillance footage. It was later found damaged and parked at a nearby school, sources say. So far, officers have not been able to locate Zaldivar. It is unclear whether charges will be filed.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 1 a.m. on July 23 at the intersection of Bird Road and Southwest 97th Avenue. Reports say Zaldivar’s 2004 silver Cadillac Escalade crashed into the victims’ vehicle at the intersection. A surveillance camera near the scene reportedly recorded Zaldivar’s car as it fled the scene. It remains to be seen whether Zaldivar was driving the car at the time of the crash.
A witness rushed to Carlos and Dixiana’s aid after the crash. “When I went up, the wife tried to talk to the husband. She tried to smack his face to see if he was conscious, and he never really reacted to it,” the witness reportedly said. Another witness attempted to tail Zaldivar’s vehicle as it left 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 reportedly said. “I start going after the guy, and at least trying to get as close as possible.” The witness was unable to keep pace with the fleeing vehicle. “A person is dead because of unconsciousness, of people just doing whatever they want, driving however they want and causing misery,” that witness allegedly told reporters following the incident.
Carlos and Dixiana were rushed to the Kendall Regional Hospital after the crash. Sadly, Carlos died of his injuries. Dixiana is currently recovering, but an update on her condition was not immediately available at press time. Police later located Zaldivar’s Escalade at Blue Lakes Elementary School on Southwest 52nd Terrace. “It has damage that may be consistent with the crash, but we are still investigating,” an FHP spokesperson supposedly said.
Ramses Herrera, Carlos’s stepson, commented on the case, saying, “I can’t understand it. I know we all make mistakes. Sometimes we put ourselves in situations we wish we hadn’t but there’s no excuse for what they did. They just left him there to die.”
Marielena Rousseau Figueroa, a family friend, also offered her condolences, saying, “Knowing Carlos, he would have pardoned the [hit-and-run driver] already. That’s the kind of person he is, knowing him.” Police are asking anyone with knowledge of Zaldivar’s whereabouts to contact the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers immediately.
Broward County is one of the largest counties in South Florida and, as a result, sees thousands of traffic accidents every year. In 2010, there were 28,233 traffic crashes in the county, which produced 179 fatalities and 20,540 injuries, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. The number of crashes in 2010 was up from the previous year, during which 25,957 crashes, 189 fatalities, and 20,249 injuries occurred.