Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Florida residents band together to stop suspected hit and run driver

Florida residents band together to stop suspected hit and run driver

In an arrest report, police said one of the victims told them Lagutenko was traveling southbound on Biscayne Boulevard and crossed the median into oncoming traffic.

Maxwell Lagutenko, 25, was later charged in the crash that happened near Northeast 34th Street.

Two people then approached the driver, shouting and banging on the window.

According to witnesses, the driver of a silver Infiniti SUV was trying to leave the scene of an accident, when several other drivers stepped in to try and stop the driver from speeding away. Other drivers can be seen trying to block the vehicle.

Despite repeated threats and pleas from the furious mob, the driver tries to drive off - only for a man in a suit to pull a gun from his waistband and threaten him. That is when another witness at the scene pulls out a sledgehammer and bashes the windows of the auto while the vehicle is moving. In the video, one man screams, "Don't move".

"That is insane. You have a crash, you stop", said witness Anthony Jimenez, who drove by after the incident took place.

On video, two men were seen yelling at the driver to stop, pounding on his auto and trying to open the vehicle doors.

The men were intent on detaining the driver because he is accused of causing this wreck, involving several vehicles.

But police said Lagutenko failed to stop and the officer backed off because of the Miami Police Department's no-chase policy for non-violent crimes.

Lagutenko was later arrested and faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident, eluding police and reckless driving.

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