Miami police search for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run

“This is a human being. This is somebody’s loved one, somebody’s mother, somebody’s grandmother,” said a Miami Police detective as he urged the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident to do the right thing and come forward. A 71-year-old woman was killed in the car crash, but the driver who caused the accident fled the scene in a pickup truck.

The fatal car accident occurred Wednesday morning on U.S. 1 in Miami. According to reports, the elderly woman was driving to work in her Honda around 6 a.m. The Honda was traveling southbound on U.S. 1 near Southwest 17th Street and 19th Avenue when the accident occurred. Witnesses reported that a white pickup truck struck the Honda and continued to drive away from the scene. No other witnesses have come forward to give police a more detailed description of the vehicle or the driver involved.

The force of the impact caused the woman’s vehicle to crash into the median on U.S. 1. She was killed in the collision. The first crash caused an accident involving three other vehicles. No one has been reported to be seriously injured in the second incident.

U.S. 1 was shut down for several hours while police conducted a thorough investigation of the accident scene. They believe that several key witnesses may have left the crash and are also asking those individuals to come forward and cooperate with the investigation.

Although the damage to the Honda was significant, police believe that the white pickup truck sustained minimal damage.

While police investigate the crash, the woman’s family will have to grieve the loss of their loved one without knowing if the person accountable for the fatal accident will come forward to take responsibility for the incident. “Elderly woman killed in hit and run crash,” 18 May 2011