Man, toddler struck by SUV in Miami

Man apparently steps in front of vehicle in construction zone while carrying toddler

MIAMI – Miami police are investigating a crash in which a sport utility vehicle struck a man and a 2-year-old child.

The crash was reported shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday in the area of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 60th Street.

Sky 10 was above the scene as a red Jeep was parked in the middle of the road and investigators took photos of evidence, including sandals that were left in the street.

Local 10 News reporter Ben Kennedy, reporting from the scene, said a man was carrying the toddler when he stepped in front of the vehicle in a construction zone. 

"The father attempted to jump over the concrete barrier when he came in contact with a vehicle that was traveling southbound," Miami police Officer Kenia Fallat said.

Fallat said a Miami police officer who was in the area heard the crash and immediately went over to help the victims.

"Right now, there is not much that we can say to what led him to jump over (or) where he was headed, but we can say that he was holding the child," Fallat said.

A Miami Department of Fire-Rescue representative said the man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center and the baby was taken to JMH's Holtz Children's Hospital.

Fallat said the toddler suffered bumps and bruises from the impact and is expected to be OK. She said the man remains in a semi-conscious state due to possible head injuries.

The driver of the SUV stayed at the scene and is not expected to be charged.

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