Hit-and-run driver hits woman in wheelchair crossing street

MIAMI (WSVN) - Rescue crews took a woman in a wheelchair to the hospital after, officials said, she was struck by a hit-and-run driver while trying to cross the street in Miami, early Saturday morning.

Officials responded to the scene, located at Northwest 69th Street and 17th Avenue. “Our units arrived shortly before 2 a.m. this morning, and found a black female who was unresponsive in the middle of the street,” said Miami Police spokesperson Christopher Bess.

Investigators said the victim was hit by a vehicle while she was using a crosswalk to cross Northwest 69th Street. After striking the woman, the driver then fled the scene, leaving the woman and her mangled wheelchair in the street.

“It was a significant impact. There’s vehicle debris still on the scene. There’s vehicle parts that were left behind,” said City of Miami Homicide Investigator Joseph Kennedy.

The woman, who is in her early-to-mid-50s, was transported to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

Police said the vehicle responsible is a white Nissan Altima, and that the driver knew exactly what they were doing when they fled the scene.

“After hitting the victim, the vehicle went eastbound and doubled back around and parked for a couple of seconds, looking at the scene, before fleeing northbound from the location,” said Bess. “We do believe, in fact, that the offender knew exactly that he or she may have hit this person.”

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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