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Woman in wheelchair struck in hit-and-run in Little Haiti

Victim rushed to hospital after vehicle struck her in crosswalk

A woman in a wheelchair was thrown more than 20 feet in the air in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the intersection at Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 54th Street in Miami, one witness said.

MIAMI – A woman in a wheelchair was thrown more than 20 feet in the air in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the intersection at Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 54th Street in Miami, one witness said.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, Miami police and fire-rescue officials responded to an accident scene in Miami’s Little Haiti, where a wheelchair-bound victim was found lying in the street. She was immediately transported to Ryder Trauma Center.

The vehicle that struck her was described as a dark, four-door older model with possible damage to the front and was last seen heading west on Northeast 54th street.

"I saw her in a wheelchair go about maybe 20-25 feet in the air," Navy veteran Sean Santini, a good Samaritan who helped the victim until first responders arrived, said. "Once that vehicle realized what happened they took off instantly, so I knew there was no help coming for her. So I ran across the street and did the best I could."

The current condition of the victim is unknown, though early assessments from the accident scene indicated she had non-life-threatening injuries to her face and legs, police officers said.


About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

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