Vehicles involved in fatal crash were not racing, Miami police say

Surveillance video from gas station captures crash that left 2 dead

MIAMI – The vehicles involved in a crash Sunday morning that left two people dead were not street racing, Miami police said on Monday.

Witnesses initially said they believed the vehicles were racing before one of them crashed into a gas pump.

Police said surveillance video from a Chevron gas station near Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 17th Street captured the crash about 4 a.m. It is expected to be released to the media this week.

According to detectives, the driver of a Honda CRV, Eric Barahona, 38, was making a left turn onto 17th Avenue from 27th Avenue when the SUV struck a BMW that was heading south on 27th Avenue.

Police said it appears that the driver of the BMW, Felix Ramos, 22, was speeding, although he had the right of way.

Cellphone video obtained by Local 10 News shows one of the vehicles on fire.

Barahona was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His passenger, Howard Lara, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Ramos was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

His passenger, Xavier Armando, 22, remains in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

A Miami police representative said no charges are expected to be filed.

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