MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Miami Beach Police are investigating a hit and run, Friday morning, involving a car that, police said, hit a man on his scooter.
Witnesses said the victim was dragged up to 700 feet on his scooter during the hit and run. He is now in critical but stable condition. Fortunately, a doctor and a nurse were nearby and their efforts may have saved his life.
According to police, a call was made at 6:51 a.m. about a man possibly having a seizure at 14th Street and Michigan Avenue. The doctor and nurse said they spotted the scooter driver in bad condition. “I saw the guy, the scooter got dragged down there,” said Andrew Moniz, a nurse. “I saw this guy bleeding, confused.”
Moniz is a nurse at Mercy Hospital and said he witnessed the collision, just before 7 a.m. “The guy in the Honda Civic, two-door, he just hit him,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t know what transpired before that, but somehow, he hit him hard enough to drag him 700 feet down the road.”
That’s when Moniz and a doctor from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute jumped into action to stabilize the driver until he was conscious.
“That doctor from Bascom Palmer — hero,” Moniz said. “I mean, we were doing the same thing, but just the fact that he stopped, he has blood all over his scrubs – that’s the true definition of a doctor. This guy, I mean, on his way to work and every time I say, ‘Thank you,’ he said, ‘Oh, no, no, it’s nothing.'”
Miami Beach Police are now looking for the hit and run driver. They believe the car fled northbound on Alton Road.
The scooter has been towed away from the scene.
Moniz said that he hopes someone steps up and helps in this case. “I think everyone in Miami should do that more often,” he said. “That’s the problem, nobody wants to help.”
According to witnesses, the car involved is a Honda Civic. If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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