FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The family of a South Florida woman who was hit by two cars within minutes is speaking out about the severity of her injuries.
According to Plantation Police, the victim, June Naranjo, was crossing the street in the area of 700 N. Pine Island Road, at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, when she was hit by two vehicles.
A day later, she remains in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center. However, doctors were able to stabilize her.
The victim’s sisters spoke with 7News. They said they see the wheel marks over her stomach and leg. They flew in from out of town when they got the news.
“They said she’s got a lot of surgeries ahead of her,” said the victim’s sister, Kim Jennett. “At this point, they don’t even know how many broken bones she has, but with a broken pelvis, that takes extremely long to heal from. They also said lots and lots of cracked ribs, small fractures around her spine, although her spine does look like it’s intact.”
A Plantation Police spokesperson confirmed that the victim was not crossing the street on a sidewalk at the time of the collision. She was walking to Westside Regional Medical Center Emergency, where she’s worked for 30 years. That’s when she was hit by the first driver, who remained on the scene to help the victim.
A second driver was en route along North Pine Island Road and hit the respiratory therapist and left the scene.
Police are now searching for that driver, who may have been driving a tan or beige Ford SUV that has front end damage. Police said criminal charges are pending on that second driver for leaving the scene.
“If this were a brother or sister or sibling of yours, or a child of yours, whoever you are, it’s so important — turn yourself in,” said the victim’s other sister, Becky Johnson. “You know, I know in my heart that God knows where you are.”
Naranjo is now on dialysis and had a lot of internal bleeding, so doctors are monitoring her closely. Her sisters said she has a lot of surgeries left, and they don’t know, after recovery, if she will ever walk again.
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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