A Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida hit-and-run sent a pedestrian to the hospital on Saturday, news sources report. The victim, a 51-year-old male, has not been publicly identified. So far, attempts to located the hit-and-run driver have been unsuccessful. An investigation is ongoing, and if the hit-and-run driver is located, criminal charges will likely follow.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Krome Avenue, north of Southwest 184th Street in Southwest Miami-Dade. Krome Avenue is a small, two-lane street with passing allowed in some sections.
The accident happened around 4:00 Saturday morning, reports say. A car, possibly a blue or grey Volvo, was southbound on Krome Avenue when it struck the 51-year-old victim. The details of the accident, including whether the victim was attempting to cross the road or was walking on a sidewalk or along the road, are not yet known. It is similarly unclear how fast the vehicle was going at the time of the accident.
Following the collision, the driver allegedly fled the scene. The victim sustained critical injuries and was rushed to the Kendall Regional Hospital. An update on his condition was not immediately available at press time. Police are now on the lookout for the hit-and-run driver. It is unclear whether any debris from the vehicle was recovered at the scene of the crash, or if there were any witnesses.
Hit-and-run accidents affect all kinds of people. Earlier this month, Larry Laverde, a Miami-Dade County, Florida officer, was apprehended after he allegedly drove drunk in a police vehicle, crashed into a car, and fled the scene, sources report. Laverde, 30, was taken to the Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, and failing to render aid. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond or hired legal representation.
Sources say Laverde is a seven-year veteran with the Miami-Dade Police Department, where he has never faced any prior disciplinary action. Following this incident, the department placed him on paid suspension. “This officer’s actions tarnish the badge of every hard-working officer that puts his/her life on the line daily, while protecting and serving,” a spokesperson for the department reportedly said.
The accident happened Sunday morning around the corner of 127th Avenue and Southwest 56th Street in Miami. The victim, 63-year-old Fernando Monch, was close to the corner in his Mazda. Laverde approached the corner in his “marked police vehicle,” allegedly “hauling butt,” and rear-ended the Mazda, sources indicate. Monch’s vehicle spun numerous times while Laverde allegedly continued on his way. He was later arrested.
Nearly 30,000 people are injured each year in Miami-Dade County vehicle crashes, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. A sizeable number of those victims are pedestrians: in 2010, 76 pedestrians were killed and 1,306 were injured in Miami-Dade County crashes. That number was up from 2009, during which 65 pedestrians were killed and 1,390 others injured, data from the FLHSMV shows. Pedestrians are more at risk of injury and death than motor vehicle occupants because they have nothing to protect them from the impact of a collision.