51-year-old man hospitalized in early morning hit-and-run

Wirt Cotter in serious condition at Kendall Regional Hospital

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - The search is on for a hit-and-run driver after police say a pedestrian was struck and sent to the hospital.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Krome Avenue and Southwest 184th Street, in a stretch of roadway that is mostly surrounded by farms.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the man, identified as 51-year-old Wirt Cotter, was walking southbound on Krome Avenue when he was hit by the driver.

Cotter was thrown several feet near Southwest 184th Street as the car kept going south, according to FHP.

Troopers said they are looking for a gray or blue Volvo with damage on the right side of the car.

Cotter's last listed address was in Key West. Officials said it was unclear Saturday afternoon what he was doing in the area.

Cotter was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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