NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - Shocking video has been released of the moments following a hit and run that seriously injured an 80-year-old woman.
North Miami Police announced Thursday that they have footage of the vehicle that hit Marie Williams along 137th Street and West Dixie Highway, last Tuesday.
The surveillance footage captured a black woman driving a blue, 2007 Ford Mustang moments after she struck the elderly woman. After striking Williams, she made a U-turn, drove up next to the woman’s body and got out of the car.
According to detectives, the woman knew what she had just done, but she sped off.
Moments later, a yellow SUV could be seen following behind the Mustang. Police would also like to talk to that driver.
North Miami Police officer Natalie Buissereth said, “As you see in the video, after she hits the person, because now we know that there was a black female driving the vehicle, she makes a U-turn, and there’s a significant sidekicker, some yellow vehicle, with like a red fender, that follows behind the car, so that person driving that car saw something and may have more clues for the case.”
Williams has lived in North Miami for decades, and is well known in her community. According to police, she was walking to the store when the Mustang hit her, and her body was thrown into the air.
“She remembers being hit,” said Williams’ daughter, June Sajous. “She started giving me detail of what happened. She noticed it was a female who came out of the vehicle after it struck her.”
She was seriously injured and remains hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Police said the driver left her on the road to die. “We don’t want this person to do this to another elderly person,” added her daughter. “We need to get this person out of the way because next time they could kill someone.”
Wednesday, Williams was able to speak for the first time since the traumatic incident. According to her daughter, she is in stable condition and improving after surgery. “Yesterday, seeing her being able to speak. She is requesting to eat and just hearing her talk, so, we are very happy,” said her daughter.
North Miami Police hope someone recognizes the blue Mustang or the distinct, small, yellow SUV driving behind the vehicle. According to police,
“She knew what she did,” said Buissereth. “I mean, if your license is suspended, if you think something is wrong, it’s better to come forward and speak to us rather than run.”
If you have any information on 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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