MIAMI, FL - On Thursday, police arrested Fernando Altamirano, 17, after he reportedly crashed into another vehicle, killing the driver.
Three days earlier, Altamirano was driving a stolen white Range Rover when he blew through the intersection of Northwest Third Street and 11th Avenue in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
The Range Rover T-boned the other vehicle, driven by 63-year-old Mayra Sanchez.
Firefighters were forced to use the Jaws of Life to extract Sanchez and her passenger, Dania Montero from their crumpled car.
Sanchez was soon pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
Montero suffered several brain bleeds, a broken spine, a spleen laceration, and rib fractures, and remains in critical condition at this time.
The stolen Range Rover crashed into a fence, and Altamirano and his passengers jumped out and fled the scene on foot.
Police say Altamirano presents “a serious flight risk” because he is in the U.S. illegally and even if his passport is confiscated, he can obtain a new one at his country’s nearest consular office.
Authorities said the subjects who were allegedly hiding with the teen also told detectives that Altamirano had plans to flee to Georgia to avoid arrest.
Altamirano has been charged with vehicular homicide, failure to stop, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury, driving without a license causing serious injury and driving without a license causing death.
Due to his age, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Emilios Dimitris ordered the suspect be held at a juvenile detention facility.