FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida family is looking for answers, just over one week after, they said, one of their own was struck by a driver who fled the scene.
According to Fort Lauderdale resident Teri Forero, her brother, 64-year-old Roger Eklund, was riding his bicycle to her house on Dec. 9.
But he never made it. Instead, Forero would learn her brother had been rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash near U.S. 1 and Northeast Fifth Street, just before 7 p.m.
She told 7News Eklund does not remember many details from the accident. “He just remembers there’s a black pickup truck,” she said, “and he said to me, if it was a car — because he was dragged 40 feet — he would probably be dead.”
According to a witness, Eklund was dragged nearly a block before his body was thrown into the grass.
Investigators said that witness also described a black truck at the scene. He said the driver hit the 64-year-old, slowed down and then sped off, quickly turning onto Northeast Fourth Street.
Forero said he was in pretty bad shape when he was brought in to Broward Health Medical Center. “He has a broken femur, broken pelvis. Right foot is shattered,” she said.
She said she’s astonished the driver would just leave her brother. The fact that they left the scene, I’m just mortified,” she said.
Eklund is facing a long road to recovery, He remains at the hospital.
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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