Pedestrian on motorized wheelchair struck, killed in hit-and-run crash

Miami police search for driver who fled scene

MIAMI – A pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday night in Miami.

The fatal crash occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Northwest 54th Street near Northwest 13th Avenue.

Miami police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim is 68-year-old Lionel Kindelan, who leaves behind a devastated family.

"You know what you did. I know you went to sleep last night thinking about it," said Alex Martir, the victim's nephew. "Our family is grieving now."

Kindelan was killed while on his way back from a nearby grocery store.

A retired grandfather and father of four who used to do tapestry work, Kindelan had been affected by polio at the age of two. While he was able to walk, in his later years he would use a medical scooter.

Kindelan’s damaged motorized wheelchair and debris could be seen scattered about the street.

Police are searching for the driver who fled the scene.