Police search for hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run in Broward County.

According to officials, 32-year-old Alexandro Ramirez was crossing Broward Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale, when he was hit near a gas station in the early morning hours back on April 8.

Surveillance video captured the car sending Ramirez in the air and into a metal pole. “Three, four in the morning, cars come from this way, going that way,” said witness Kenneth Hodge. “Oh yeah I heard it. Bump, bump!”

The car then continued to drive on without stopping.

“The pole basically stops his momentum, and he’s laying there at the base of the pole,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Kenneth Giles. “The vehicle continues westbound, no attempt to stop, and does not return to render any aid.”

Inside the gas station, the employee who was working Friday afternoon said it was a customer who alerted the on-duty clerk. “On of the guys from the pump came and asked him, ‘Can you call the police,'” the employee said.

“You wouldn’t want that to happen to one of your relatives, you know, brother, sister, mother, something like that,” said Randy Gervin, a gas station customer.

Police said Ramirez was on the side of the road for 16 minutes before he was noticed and police was called.

“We’re happy that he survived, and our focus now is really on trying to request the assistance of the public to locate this vehicle,” Giles said.

Another customer is certain that the victim was visible to the driver. “You going to see whoever. Somebody walking by here, it don’t matter how fast you going. You’re gonna have to see them people walk across the street,” Joseph White said. “That’s crazy. That’s what we live in. This is the world we live in today.”

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle, believed to be a white 2004-2006 Honda Accord or Acura.

Officials said the car has damage on the front and passenger side, and some car parts were left scattered on the street.

Ramirez is currently at Broward Health Medical Center and is expected to be OK.

If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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