HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a driver who fatally struck an elderly pedestrian and fled the scene in Hialeah.
Hialeah Police responded to the scene along 65th Street between East Fourth and Fifth avenues, at around 7 a.m., Friday.
“It’s not human,” neighbor Luis Crespo said. “This person is not human. It could be your mother. It could be your father, brother. It’s not right.”
Authorities said an 85-year-old man was walking along the crosswalk when he was struck and killed by a large vehicle driving at a high speed.
Investigators believe the vehicle that fled the scene could have visible front-end damage to the right side.
The victim has not been identified, but police said he would normally go for an early morning walk from his home to Amelia Earhart Park.
Crespo said the area where the hit-and-run happened has turned into a speedway.
“They drag race here everyday,” he said. “I’m surprised nobody else has gotten hurt here.”
Investigators said the fatal crash was not captured by surveillance cameras, and they are asking for information from members of the public.
Once the driver is located and taken into custody, police said they face a mandatory minimum four-year sentence in prison for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
“Even if they didn’t have a license, they should stop,” Crespo said. “Now, it’s even worse. You kill the person in the middle of the road. You left him, and you left.”
If you have any information on this fatal 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 $3,000 reward.
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