A Fort Lauderdale, Florida hit-and-run accident sent a three-year-old child to the hospital on Tuesday, news sources report. The accident occurred when the child walked into traffic and was hit by a car. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the accident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the crash. The driver fled the scene following the accident and has not yet been identified.
According to reports, the incident occurred near an apartment complex around Northeast 18th Avenue and Northeast 53rd Street. Witness Bob Miller had been traveling south towards the intersection with his family and friends right before the accident; the group was on their way to a Miami Marlins game. Miller was following a red Volkswagen on the road when he noticed the victim outside of the apartment complex.
“They waddle at that age,” Miller told reporters. “I saw the child coming and began to slow down. The other car, the red VW in front of us, never saw the child or slowed down. I never saw brake lights until the collision. It was horrible.”
Sources say Miller’s stepdaughter and her boyfriend got out of the car to go check on the victim. “And when they left my car, the [Volkswagen] took off,” Miller explained. “The child was to the right, knocked back toward the parking lot but still in the road.” Miller followed the Volkswagen. “I wasn’t going to let someone do that,” he later told the press.
Miller followed the Volkswagen as far as a CVS Pharmacy on East Commercial Boulevard, but he was not able to get the car to stop, sources say. “I don’t understand why they did this. They had to slow down, and I caught up enough to get the plate,” Miller said.
Detectives have what may be the suspect’s license plate, but have so far been unable to identify the Volkswagen’s driver. Miller was unable to say whether a man or a woman was driving. The victim, meanwhile, was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. A police spokesperson commented on the incident, saying, “Preliminary Information indicates [the victim] spontaneously left the sidewalk in front of his residence and ran into oncoming traffic.”
In other news, David James Mattheu of Delray Beach died from a medical problem during a one-car traffic accident Tuesday, reports say. Mattheu, 53, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Police say Mattheu suffered a medical episode prior to the crash. No one else was injured.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 4:30 Tuesday evening near the intersection of Country Lake Circle and Grape Way. Mattheu was westbound on Country Lake when he suffered a “medical episode” and veered off the road. Mattheu’s 2005 Mazda drove over a patch of grass and struck a tree head-on. It is unclear whether he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.
Mattheu was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead following the crash. Reports say Mattheu died from the medical episode, not the collision.