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Local woman sought in deadly Florida hit-and-run

Augusta-Aiken WRDW-TV logo Augusta-Aiken WRDW-TV 12/2/2022 Taylor Martin
Janae Shaniece Lewis, 28. © Provided by Augusta-Aiken WRDW-TV Janae Shaniece Lewis, 28.

MIRAMAR, FL. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Miramar Police Department is seeking the public’s attention in locating a person of interest in a deadly Florida hit-and-run crash.

This deadly crash took the life of a man who was helping his sister raise her daughter.

Police are looking for a North Augusta woman wanted for questioning in a deadly hit-and-run in Florida. Police say, Janae Lewis, 28, was last seen in Augusta driving a silver Chevy Malibu.

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We took a closer look at the crime and the search for a driver who didn’t bother to stop.

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We talked to the Miramar Police Department, and they say the victim’s family is distraught and wants answers.

Lewis has been on the run since Sunday when the deadly hit-and-run happened.

The accident happens just off the camera to the left, but as that blurred square comes into focus, you can see car parts flying and the people on the sidewalk trying to stop traffic.

Blurred from view is the body of 35-year-old Silvio Martinez, a brother, an uncle, and a grateful immigrant finally living out his American dream.

“He’d only been in the U.S. for about a year. He was an auto mechanic, a very humble young man who was helping his sister raise her daughter,” said Tania Rues, Miramar PD.

But the driver that did not stop Sunday morning ended all of that. We now know the registered driver of that car was Lewis.

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Surveillance video shows her pulling into the North Augusta Gardens Apartments. The front right bumper is damaged and she has a broken headlight and windshield.

“What we want to see is, you know, people really should be doing the right thing and attempt to render aid, you know, accidents happen. But please don’t flee. Do the right thing and help the person that’s injured. Their life depends on it,” said Rues.

In an incident report from North Augusta Public Safety, an officer found the car but did not find Lewis. He noted damage consistent with striking a person with a caved-in windshield, fragments of human hair, flesh, and blood splatter on the roof and driver-side window.

According to the release, Lewis has been avoiding authorities.

Officials say she was last seen in the Augusta area driving a silver Chevy Malibu with Ga. tag XJH246, not the vehicle involved in the crash.

Anyone with information on Lewis’ whereabouts is urged to contact Miramar Police Department at (954) 602-4000.

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