Police searching for suspected Collins Avenue street racers who caused fiery crash

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A badly damaged car ended up in flames on Collins Avenue, early Tuesday morning, and Miami Beach Police believe street racing is to blame.

According to Miami Beach Police, two cars were racing down Collins Avenue in South Beach when one of the cars hit a parked vehicle, near 29th Street and Collins Avenue, causing the car to catch fire.

Josh Silverman, whose silver Ford Mustang convertible was hit by one of the speeding cars, was visiting South Beach from Philadelphia when the fiery crash occurred right before his very eyes. “That car was on fire, and my car was on the sidewalk,” he explained.

When he ran downstairs upon hearing the screeching crash, he couldn’t believe the scene in front of him. “They nipped another car, hit the back of my car, where I parked, and pushed it into the hotel,” he said. “They then spun out, knocked out the glass of that window, and the car caught on fire.”

By the time police and fire rescue crews arrived on the scene, the car was engulfed by flames, as seen in a video recorded by a witness’ cellphone.

Once the fire was put out, crews spent hours cleaning the area and clearing the scene.

Now, the suspects responsible for the fiery wreck remain a mystery.

According to police, at one point in the investigation, they had two people in custody. However, they had to let these two people go since they could not positively identify them as the two involved in the chaos.

If you have any information on this fiery crash, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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