Surveillance video leaves clues to hit-and-run driver
Takesha Hayes, 39, operating motorized wheelchair when hit by vehicle
MIAMI – Surveillance video was obtained by Local 10 News on Monday which may help police find the driver who struck and killed a woman Sunday morning.
"If this person has any kind of heart, turn yourself in," said Kevin Wimbley, Takesha Shawana Hayes' brother-in-law.
Hayes, 39, was operating a motorized wheelchair when she was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest 54th Street about 2:40 a.m.
Miami police said Hayes was traveling on the south side of 54th Street. She was on the sidewalk starting to enter the first lane to cross when she was struck and killed. She died at the scene.
"These hit-and-run accidents are happening way too often," Officer Kenia Fallat said. "The minute you leave the scene of an accident, the charges become serious."
Based on the surveillance video, it appears a Ford Explorer track SUV hit her. The video also showed that speed was a factor, and while the driver did brake at one point, he never stopped.
"When I got the news, I broke down," said Kendra Broomfield, Hayes' sister. "Why would someone be so cruel and cold to do this to my big sister?"
Police said they hope newly obtained surveillance video will help them track down the car and driver.
Police said they discovered some car parts while investigating the scene.
Hayes leaves behind two daughters, ages 17 and 6.
Anyone with any information on the hit-and-run is asked to contact the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6525.
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