A Temple University student was shot and killed by police in Miami Beach on Sunday after she charged her car toward the officers, striking and injuring one — an incident a witness said “played out like a movie set,” reports WSVN Fox News in Miami.
Cariann Denise Hithon, 22, was driving her black BMW when she crashed into several cars in South Beach, police said. Hithon ran the red light and was traveling “at some rate of speed,” police said. Michael Davis, who witnessed the chaotic scene told the news station that Hithon repeatedly rear-ended cars.
“She rear-ended it, and after she rear-ended it, she drove off,” Davis told WSVN. “She actually drove off again and ran over a police officer, and after that, shots were fired.”
Another witness captured Hithon hitting Officer David Cajuso.
Miguel Garcia, another witness, recalled: “So everyone is like, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ And people started running after her car. Like she wanted to escape no matter what.”
Other bystanders said they heard several shots fired before a crash. Hithon was rushed to the hospital where she later died of her gunshot wounds.
Cajuso was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He was released Monday morning.