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Family pleads for help in finding hit-and-run driver

Jean Carlos Hernandez-Trujillo, 29, killed Saturday while visiting cousin from Venezuela

MIAMI – A family is pleading for help in finding the driver who struck a man who was riding a scooter in Miami over the weekend and left him to die.

Jean Carlos Hernandez-Trujillo, 29, was visiting his cousin from Venezuela when he was killed on Saturday.

"(He was a) good boy, good son, good friend. He came here only for vacation," the victim's cousin, Marilis Lopez, said.

Police said the driver of a Mazda ran a red light on Flagler Street and struck the scooter, knocking Hernandez-Trujillo off the vehicle and onto the trunk of the Mazda.

Hernandez-Trujillo was on top of the trunk of the Mazda until he was thrown off the vehicle when the driver turned onto the on-ramp of Interstate 95.

Detectives said the driver of the Mazda never slowed down or stopped to help.

"This is not nice," Lopez said. "I am angry because this person continued driving with the body of Jean Carlos on the top of the car."

Seasoned Detective Willie Moreno held back tears as he addressed the media Thursday.

"It's a human being," Moreno said. "This person obviously has no conscience. He has no family. I want to know who this person is."

"This person has to be in the jail now," Lopez said. "Because this can happen to any family."

Police are searching for a silver or gray four-door Mazda sedan with tinted windows.

Anyone with information about the fatal hit-and-run is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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