Police search for truck driver responsible for hit-and-run that left 12-year-old in critical condition

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are asking members of the public to help find the driver who struck a 12-year-old child with their truck in Miami and fled the scene.

City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to a call about a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian in the area of Northwest 14th Avenue and 42nd Street at approximately 5:30 p.m., Tuesday.

“The child was hit in the head, so he suffered severe head injuries,” City of Miami Police spokesperson Kenia Fallat said.

Newly released surveillance footage shows the moment a black 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck struck a 12-year-old boy and fled the scene.

Seconds after the crash, neighbors and witnesses could be seen rushing to the scene to help.

One witness said the victim’s mother performed CPR on her son.

“Saw his body in the air. It was traumatizing,” Jake Ruiz, the victim’s cousin, said. “The guy just came and ‘Pow,’ hit him. Saw him just flew by around like 30 to 40 miles and hit him in the head with the mirror of the car. I ran back inside. I told the neighbors to call 911. I got my phone and called 911.”

The child was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

“The guy stopped right there. He saw him, and then, everybody saying that he was dead, he got in the car and just ran off,” Ruiz said.

Police said the truck should have damage to the mirror on the right side of the vehicle.

If you have any information on the driver or vehicle involved in 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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