Pedestrian dead after being hit by 2 vehicles in Oakland Park
Authorities search for first vehicle, second driver later found by detectives
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A pedestrian was killed early Saturday after being struck by two vehicles in Oakland Park, authorities said.
Authorities said a man crossed the roadway in the 1800 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard from north to south in the designated crosswalk at about 4:30 a.m.
For reasons still being investigated, authorities said the man entered the eastbound lanes and then walked north where he stood near a median.
A vehicle heading west in the far left lane of West Oakland Park Boulevard then struck the pedestrian. Authorities said the driver left the scene.
The man was then hit a second time by a Honda Civic. Authorities said the driver, who also left the scene, was later found by detectives and is cooperating with the investigation.
The man, who was not identified, was pronounced dead by Oakland Park Fire Rescue, authorities said.
"That's no good. No good because he can be me. He can be anybody. Lost his life for no reason," said Marcel Dassas, who witnessed the aftermath of the crash.
The impact was so forceful that the victim appeared to have been knocked out of his shoes.
Authorities said detectives believe that the first vehicle that struck the pedestrian is a Mazda 6 sedan, made between 2009 and 2011.
"Whoever did this needs to turn themselves in or report themselves to the police, because it's not fair to the victims," said Kris Andre, who works in the area.
Excessive speed on the part of both vehicles is not considered to be a contributing factor in the crashes, according to detectives.
A portion of West Oakland Park Boulevard was closed as detectives measured the debris on the road and placed evidence markers next to the tire tracks. The road closure caused traffic delays.
Authorities said anyone with information is asked to contact BSO THI Detective Michael Wiley at 954-321-4205 or Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-TIPS (8477).
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