Police Identify Suspect in Hit-and-Run Case in Miami-Dade County, Florida
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL - Local10.com writes that surveillance images were taken of a man believed to have been involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash. Police released the images, which show a man wearing an Aeropostale shirt who is suspected of having been the motorist who struck and killed a 74-year-old pedestrian last month.*
Reports indicate that the victim was attempting to cross Southwest Eighth Street in the early evening when a Chevrolet Impala struck him. The driver then fled the scene without checking the victim or reporting the crash. Emergency responders arrived on the scene and rushed the victim to the Memorial Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died from his injuries. The white Impala was manufactured between 2000 and 2005. Police are circulating images of the vehicle and the driver in an attempt to find someone who recognizes the suspect. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the driver should contact the police or Crime Stoppers.
Florida has the third-highest number of hit-and-run crashes in the nation. The Sunshine State also has more pedestrian wrecks than any other state in the country. Most deadly hit-and-run accidents involve pedestrian accidents. When pedestrians die in a crash, the involved vehicle is often only minimally damaged. As a result, the driver is able to flee the scene. The majority of fatal crashes involving two or more vehicles cause severe damage to the vehicles making escaping the scene much more challenging. Fleeing the scene of a fatal crash is a felony. Most drivers who risk being charged with a felony hit-and-run are drunk or do not have a valid driver’s license. Sadly, many of these motorists are never apprehended.
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Sources:https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/02/06/surveillance-images-released-of-driver-accused-of-killing-man-in-hit-and-run-crash/ and https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/Florida-has-one-of-the-highest-rates-of-fatal-hit-and-run-crashes-study-finds_167694238/ and https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf