Teen struck and killed by car in Miami Gardens

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - A teenager has died after he was struck by a car in Miami Gardens, Tuesday.

According to Miami Gardens Police, 18-year-old Ali Elliance was attempting to run north across County Line Road, just east of Northwest Seventh Avenue, when he was hit, at around 5:30 a.m.

The teen was trying to catch the bus to go to school, his father said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Elliance dead on the scene.

A burgundy Chevrolet Camaro with front end damage and a cracked windshield could be seen on the scene. A backpack could also be seen laying on the ground.

Ali’s father, Lafortune Elliance, said he worked a late night shift and was trying to get home early Tuesday when he saw the heavy police activity. It wasn’t until later that he discovered the activity was due to the death of his own son.

“I didn’t know my son would leave me like this,” said Lafortune in tears. “I never knew if he [was] gonna leave me, but what can I do? Never, never forget him.”

Lafortune said Ali was a student at Melrose High School. He said his son was responsible, always took care of his younger siblings and had dreamed of becoming a physical therapist.

“He said, ‘I’m gonna study physical therapy,'” recalled Lafortune. “I said, ‘Good, you have a dream. What you gonna do? Keep going.’ You never know when bad things [are] coming, when good things [are] coming.”

“People can’t control themselves. Only God can control you. Only God can control the situation,” Lafortune said. “Ali, you won’t leave me. You’ll stay forever in my life. Never forget him.”

Police said the driver of the car reamined on scene and called 911. They are cooperating with the investigation.

During the initial investigation, police shut down the area near Northwest Seventh Avenue and County Line Road. However, the area has since reopend.

Police are now investigating the cause the of the crash.

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