SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - One person was killed and two others were critically injured after, police said, a convenience store theft led to a violent collision and some damage in a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood.

According to Miami-Dade Police, the fatal crash happened at the intersection of Southwest 92nd Avenue and 21st Terrace in Westchester, just before 8:50 a.m., Friday.

The sequence of events began when an employee at an On the Run convenience store alerted a Miami-Dade School Board Police officer about a potential theft.

Speaking with 7News later in the day, Javier Santana said he saw the whole robbery.

“I see the guy snatch two cases of beer. He comes running out, the girl comes running out, the lady from the gas station comes running out,” he said. “I’m asking myself, ‘Is this a movie? What’s going on?'”

Santana said he saw a woman driving a Nissan pickup truck, a man in the passenger seat and another man in the back seat.

Just a few parking spots over from where the subjects were, Santana said, was the Miami-Dade School Board Police officer.

Upon becoming aware of the officer’s presence, investigators said, the three subjects fled the scene. As the officer pursued them, a fatal crash unfolded.

“I’d say they destroyed multiple lives right now, probably,” said Santana.

Santana said it only took him 12 minutes to find the subjects’ truck from the time they peeled out of the convenience store parking lot. The vehicle was half a mile away, and by that time, it had already crashed.

Surveillance video obtained by authorities captured the moment of impact on the intersection. A white work van that was approaching the intersection collided with the silver truck that had fled the convenience store and blew through a stop sign.

“I saw the van, ‘boom!'” said an area resident.

“But this has been a very quiet neighborhood,” said another area resident. “I’ve been here for so many years. We never have any crime issues or anything.”

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units quickly responded to the call.

MDPD Detective Andre Martin provided initial details about the aftermath.

“The aftermath of that traffic collision left two people, who were occupying that work van, in critical condition,” he said. “They were transported to a nearby hospital. And one deceased person in the subject’s vehicle, and we have two occupants of the subject vehicle who are at large at this time.”

The incident has sparked a comprehensive and active investigation, with evidence markers on the ground indicating the severity of the collision.

7SkyForce captured the aftermath, showing several demolished cars involved in the crash. The car that caused all the damage was seen flipped on its side.

Authorities surrounded the overturned vehicle as they appeared to be attempting an extraction.

Before it came to rest, the truck mangled multiple cars and left lawns with deep tire tracks and spread debris down the block.

Police identified the driver of the work van as Alexis Gonzalez and the passenger as Jose Perez. Both victims were taken to an area hospital and are listed in critical condition.

In a brief conversation with 7News, Gonzalez’s mother said her son and Perez, his co-worker, suffered head injuries.

“Everyone’s in shock. No one could have expected something like this to happen,” said Javier Marquez Guerra, a friend of the van’s driver, through a translator. “Keep loving God, give thanks that you wake up in the morning and go to bed at night.”

“Destroyed people’s lives for five cases of beers,” said Santana.

Both the van and the truck were later towed away from the scene.

Details surrounding the circumstances behind the crash are currently under investigation.

If you have any information on this crash or the whereabouts of the two occupants inside the silver truck, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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