BMW involved in hit-and-run crash in Oakland Park found

Joseph Deverson, 22, on life support

By Victor Oquendo - Anchor/Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - A BMW believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Oakland Park that left a 22-year-old man seriously injured was found Wednesday.

An employee at The Palms condominiums in Fort Lauderdale told deputies that he saw a white BMW 6 Series return to the building after Monday night's crash. The car had damage to the front-passenger side.

The car was towed from the building Wednesday morning.

Joseph Deverson is listed in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center, where his friends told Local 10 News that he remains on life support.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said it's possible that the driver didn't see Deverson, and if they had stayed at the scene, there's a chance that they wouldn't have been charged. Detectives believe the driver left Georgie's Alibi restaurant in Wilton Manors shortly before the crash.

"This is a tragedy," Deverson's friend, Vinnie Souza, said. "Everybody woke up and we had the same message on Facebook."

Deputies said Deverson was riding a Go-Ped about 10:45 p.m. Monday night when he was struck on Powerline Road, just north of Oakland Park Boulevard. The driver never stopped.

Pieces of the BMW that hit him were left behind.

"He's a great-hearted person. Look at all of us --(He is the) person who makes the party," Souza said.

Friends said they call him Joe Blow. Using empty Bud Light cans, his favorite beer, they made candle holders in front of a Sherwin Williams store that is close to the scene of the crash.

"Hoping for the best right now," Souza said. "Hope he'll pull through. (We're) all trying to be strong for him here."

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