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Family asks driver in Homestead hit-and-run crash to come forward

Joe Torres, 29, struck, killed by SUV while riding bicycle

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The family of a 29-year-old man who was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Homestead is asking the driver to come forward.

Police said Joe Torres died after being struck by a silver or gray SUV right in front of the Homestead Police Department on Krome Avenue early Saturday morning.

Police said Torres was hit by the vehicle while attempting to cross Mowry Drive.

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"Why would you not stop," said Sandra Torres, the victim's sister.

Paula Torres said she knew her grandson was in trouble when she couldn't reach him Saturday.

"He was always there for her," said Sandra Torres. "He was always worried about her, who was going to care for her. I moved out and he was like, 'No, I'm not going to leave my grandma alone.'"

Traffic homicide investigator John Buchanan said the driver of that SUV won't be charged with causing the crash.

"The cause of the crash was the bicyclist going into the intersection," said Buchanan. "We know the SUV had a green light, so the driver of the SUV won't be charged with the crash."

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