Surveillance footage shows a car veering off Interstate 95 and crashing into the parking lot of a vintage car dealership in northwest Miami-Dade.
The accident happened around 3 a.m. on Sunday. The driver of a sedan appeared to lose control as he drove south on the freeway and crashed into several vintage cars at Ted Vernon’s Specialty Automobiles.
Ted Vernon, the dealership owner, said a 1946 Chevrolet was damaged along with two other vehicles. He also believed that the driver and passenger of the sedan had intentionally fled the scene without waiting for the police.
âWe’ve all done stupid things, but you don’t just go away,â Vernon said. “Get up, be a man, don’t just get out of here.”
The couple told NBC 6 that the vehicle was equipped with an OnStar system that called 911. They were waiting for the Florida Highway Patrol to show up and claimed they never did. The man and woman are seen in the footage standing and waiting, then leaving the scene approximately 40 minutes after the crash.
“We were just trying to do the right thing. We contacted the police immediately and they never showed up,” said the driver, who declined to be named.
The driver said he contacted a lawyer, who told them if they did not feel safe they could leave. The couple ordered an Uber and left their wrecked car there.
Police towed their sedan the next day and the couple said they contacted authorities and their insurance about the crash.
âAt the end of the day, I’m furious that my girlfriend and I were made to be some kind of criminals when neither of us was doing anything wrong,â he said.
NBC 6 has contacted Miami-Dade Police and Florida Highway Patrol about the crash.