Family grieves mother’s death after hit-and-run crash in deep south Miami-Dade

Detectives search for driver in fatal hit-and-run crash

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Jeanette Berrios, a mother of three, was walking home after work on Saturday in deep south Miami-Dade, but she never made it.

A driver struck and killed her near the Homestead Air Reserve Base. Detectives found Berrios, 50, dead on a cold and stormy early morning on Southwest 304th Street near South Dixie Highway.

“It was raining so bad that day, and I remember that day being scared in my house,” said Christine Sotomayor, Berrio’s niece. “And now, I am wondering how scared was she, when she was there. I’m just wondering what went through her mind and if she was there for a while.”

On Monday, there was a teddy bear and candles outside of Berrios’ home near the intersection of Southwest 296th Street and Southwest 144th Avenue.

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“Jeanette was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, friend, wife and devoted mother to her three sons, Christopher, Jonathan and Matthew,” Kysha Berrios wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page.

Berrios’ family is asking the public for help with the cost of the funeral, and they are also asking anyone with information about the fatal hit-and-run crash to call 305-471-8477.

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