Driver arrested in crash that killed one person, injured two, authorities say

Miami-Dade Police announced Saturday that officers caught the driver they said was responsible for a serious crash Friday morning that killed a man and critically injured two others.

Dymariz Picon, 28, was charged with vehicular homicide, fleeing and eluding police, two charges relating to driving with a suspended license, and three charges relating to leaving the scene of a crash, according to jail records. She was still being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center as of Saturday night.

It’s unclear how officers caught Picon — or if she turned herself in. On Saturday, authorities also identified the deceased man as Daniel Garcia, 34.

Here’s what officers said happened.

Around 8 a.m. Friday, a Miami-Dade County Schools police officer responded to reports of people stealing from a convenience store somewhere on Southwest 87th Avenue.

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When the three people suspected of stealing noticed the officer at the store, they got into a pickup truck and sped off, police said.

Sometime later, the officer found the truck had collided with a van. The van’s driver and passenger were critically injured. Garcia was in the pickup truck and was killed.

A van is parked in a yard atSouthwest 97th Avenue and 21st Street Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, after it was hit by a pickup truck. Two people in the van were critically injured, police said, and one person in the pickup truck died.
A van is parked in a yard atSouthwest 97th Avenue and 21st Street Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, after it was hit by a pickup truck. Two people in the van were critically injured, police said, and one person in the pickup truck died.

“The crash was pretty horrific,” said Detective Andre Martin, a police spokesman.

A family member of the van driver told the Herald his condition was improving. Police did not identify those injured.