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Juvenile arrested in connection with hit-and-run crash that injured motorcyclist

1 other sought by Sunrise police

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SUNRISE, Fla. – A juvenile was arrested Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in Sunrise the night before, authorities said.

The boy's age and identity were not released by police.

According to a juvenile transcript, a woman reported her white 2017 Hyundai Sonata stolen on Monday.

She said the car was taken from the driveway outside her home while it was running and her dog was inside.

Sunrise police said an officer spotted the car nine minutes later traveling north on Hiatus Road and tried to pull over the driver.

Police said the boy fled from the officer, ran a red light and crashed into a motorcycle at the intersection of Hiatus Road and West Oakland Park Boulevard.

The driver of the motorcycle was ejected and was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses told police that they saw the driver and another person run away without stopping to help the motorcyclist.

Detectives searched the stolen car and found the suspect's iPhone 5, which had his name displayed on the locked screen, authorities said.

He was identified by witnesses in a photo lineup and was arrested the next day at his mother's home, authorities said.

Police said the boy told them that he fled from the vehicle because it was "hot" and he was on probation and didn't want to go to jail.

A records check showed that the boy had never been issued a driver's license, the transcript said.

Police said the suspect told detectives outside of the Public Safety Building that he was concerned about the seriousness of the victim's injuries.

Sunrise police said the boy is currently on probation for an armed carjacking arrest that was also reported in Sunrise.

The boy faces charges of violating terms of his probation, grand theft of a vehicle, failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious injury, operating a motor vehicle without a license and fleeing and eluding police.

Detectives are still searching for one other person believed to have been involved in the crash.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


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