Authorities have released the identity of a man who they say killed a family of three while under the influence of alcohol Tuesday.
The incident occurred just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Southwest 92nd Avenue.
Police say 24-year-old Rodney Rodriguez was driving a white Range Rover at a high rate of speed on the Palmetto Expressway before exiting onto Sunset Drive.
An officer noticed Rodriguez speeding and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but when Rodriguez failed to stop, the officer made a U-turn and
“What we’ve been told is that once that vehicle failed to stop, that’s when the South Miami officer made a U-turn and just let that vehicle continue to go westbound,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.
Moments later, Rodriguez turned onto Sunset Drive where he crashed into a Kia sedan, killing all three people inside.
The victims has been identified as Karina Diaz, 49, Adalberto Cereijo, 51, and Elena Diaz, 75.
Rodriguez was the only survivor of the crash and has since undergone surgery at Kendall Regional Medical Center.
Authorities are now pursuing DUI charges after determining that Rodriguez was under the influence at the time.
“Alcohol is a factor in this particular situation, and our investigators are also pursuing a DUI component,” Zabaleta said.