Car crashes into apartment building in northwest Miami-Dade

Second crash to affect building in four months

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. Fla. – A car crashed into an apartment building early Friday morning and the driver attempted to walk away from the scene, authorities said.

The hit-and-run crash was reported on Northwest 17th Ave and 71st Street.

Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said the driver, Keyyvona Lavan Rolle, 27, was speeding when she crashed into the building where she lives. He said she tried to walk away from the building, but she was apprehended by responding officers.

One resident at the apartment building suffered minor abrasions from flying debris, Zabaleta said. The resident was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out.

"People come across that railroad track late a night," one resident, Peal Dear, said. "They don't stop. They don't pay attention."

Earnest Hill, who owns the building, told Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston that Rolle's car went airborne and struck a column.

Dear said the impact pushed in her door, trapping her inside her apartment.

"Police had to kick the door in," she said.

This is the second time a car has hit the apartment building in the past four months.

In November, a red Mustang crashed into the building. Two people in the car were hospitalized, but no one inside the building was hurt. 

Rolle faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injuries and property damage.

Zabaleta said Rolle's car struck the support columns of the complex, causing the building to be deemed unsafe by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

"My dad has worked very hard for what he has and it is a little overwhelming," Earnest Hill's daughter, Chekia Hill, said.

Earnest Hill said the permits to repair the tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage from the first crash just came in this week.

"So now, we have to start all over again," he said.


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Layron Livingston made the move from Ohio's Miami Valley to Miami, Florida, to join the Local 10 News team.