Jean Mirabile of North Lauderdale, Florida was injured Tuesday when she was struck by a car while crossing an intersection on U.S. 441, news sources indicate. The driver, who has not yet been identified, fled the scene following the accident. Mirabile, 49, was rushed to the Broward Health North Medical Center, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol and Broward County Sheriff’s office continue to investigate the accident; no arrests have been made.
Reports say the accident occurred sometime Tuesday evening as Mirabile walked alongside U.S. 441. It is not clear whether she had a walk signal at a time. She began to cross the road at the intersection of Southwest 12th Street. As she moved onto the road, the right side of a silver minivan apparently broadsided her. The vehicle threw Mirabile to the ground, injuring her head. The minivan also lost its right side mirror and sustained damage to its right side from the impact.
Witnesses say the minivan passed through a green light when it struck Mirabile; however, the driver of the van did not stop after striking the woman. Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed Mirabile to the Broward Health North Medical Center in a helicopter. Physicians later listed her condition as being stable. Detectives also announced that they are looking for the driver of a Chrysler Town & Country, silver, with a model year ranging from 2001 to 2005. The officers say the vehicle is missing its right-side mirror.
Mirabile was not the only Broward County pedestrian hit by a vehicle recently. On Friday, Nay’Twaun Hardy, a 14-year-old Hollywood, Florida resident, was struck by a car as he jogged across a portion of Sheridan Street, reports indicate. He was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced brain-dead from his injuries. The driver who struck Hardy remained on the scene and has not been charged with a crime. However, an investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Reports say Hardy went to school at the Attucks Middle School in his hometown of Hollywood. His hobbies included track and field, poetry, trombone, and video games. On Friday, Hardy was jogging over several roadway lanes on Sheridan Street to get to a nearby basketball game. It is not clear whether he was crossing at a crosswalk. As he made his way across the road, a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis collided with him. The driver remained on the scene to answer questions while paramedics rushed Hardy to the nearby Memorial Regional Hospital.
Hardy was in the hospital for a short while before physicians informed his mother that he was brain-dead. Distraught, the mother made the difficult choice to have her son’s organs harvested for transplant. Doctors removed Hardy’s liver, kidney, and heart. According to the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, Hardy’s organs have already saved the lives of four individuals in Florida.
Reports say there are nearly 4,500 people in Florida waiting for organ transplant. Nationally, the waiting list has 115,000 patients in need of some sort of organ transplant. “This family is just an example of heroism and selflessness,” a spokesperson from the recovery agency said. “For a parent to look past their grief, and think of other parents and people who need a life-saving transplant, is a testimony to what kind of mom this person is.”