FHP identifies father, son in fatal hit-and-run crash in Miami-Dade

Authorities search for driver who killed 2, stole car to get away to Homestead

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A father and his son were killed Friday morning in a hit-and-run crash on Florida's Turnpike in northwest Miami-Dade. 

The Medical Examiners' Office identified the victims of the 5 a.m. crash as Jose Cepeda, 57, and Cesar Cepeda, 34, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Cesar Cepeda was driving a 2016 Chevy Silverad eastbound on State Road 836 from the northbound lanes of the Turnpike. He collided with the outside guardrail, and the car rotated to the outside grassy shoulder facing northwest, according to FHP investigators. 

He got out of the car contacted authorities and called his father, Jose Cepeda, who arrived shortly after in a 2017 Chevy Equinox. Investigators believe the two were standing together outside of their cars when a 2014 Chevy Camaro struck them.

The driver of the Camaro was also traveling eastbound on SR-836 and drove onto the outside grassy shoulder striking both men and their cars. Investigators said the occupants of the Camaro got out of the car, drove away in the Chevy Equinox and abandoned it in Homestead. 

Lt. Alex Camacho said FHP was working with law enforcement partners to find the driver. 



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