One pedestrian died in a Miami, Florida hit-and-run accident Saturday on 12th Avenue near 61 Street, reports say. The name of the deceased has been withheld until his next of kin is made aware of the death. The FHP indicates the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver reportedly fled but was later apprehended by Miami-Dade police. His name is also being withheld until investigators decide what charges will be handed down, pending an ongoing investigation. It is unclear if alcohol played a role in the accident; however, sources say the suspect may face charges for refusing to take a DUI test.
Reports say the accident occurred early Saturday morning just as the sun was coming up. The victim was on foot and crossing the 12th Avenue roadway, near the intersection of 61st street when a black Honda Accord struck him. The collision was apparently quite forceful: it reportedly smashed the vehicle’s windshield and sent the victim airborne for an entire city block. The driver of the Honda allegedly continued driving following the accident. The FHP says it ran the 12th Avenue and 61 Street red lights as it fled.
When the FHP arrived on the scene, a number of articles of clothing from the victim were found scattered along the roadway, including shoes and a hat. After a one-hour search, Miami-Dade police located the suspected driver, still in his vehicle. The suspect reportedly declined to take a toxicology test and may be charged as a result. Investigators say blood samples taken from the suspect will let them know if he was indeed intoxicated at the time of the collision.
In similarly tragic news, a 4-year-old Bradenton, Florida girl was killed in a driveway accident Thursday at her residence on 34th Avenue East, reports say. The tragic event occurred as her mother, Gracie Moreno, entered the driveway and ran her over by accident. The child was rushed to the Blake Hospital but was pronounced dead upon her arrival. Moreno, 23, so far does not face charges, but an investigation by the FHP is ongoing.
Reports show the incident happened at around noon on Thursday as the girl played outside the vicinity of her 34th Ave and 27th Street residence. When Moreno arrived at home, she pulled her Lexus into the driveway where the child was playing and reportedly drove over her. Because the FHP is still investigating the accident, it is unclear whether the crash occurred because the mother did not see the little girl or for some other reason. The FPH announced that they are investigating the possibility that the accident was caused by a mechanical defect.
One neighbor who witnessed the accident performed CPR on the child while they waited for medical crews to show up. He later described having watched the child die as he held her. “She opened her eye,” he said, “After that, she just, all the way out. It was very sad. Very tender. Made me cry.” Later that day, children from the neighborhood left stuffed animals on the curb of the child’s home to express their condolences.