13-year-old boy dies after being struck by hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale

High school senior arrested in connection with death

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Neki Mohan - Anchor/Reporter
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 13-year-old boy died Friday night after he was struck by a car in Fort Lauderdale while riding his bicycle, authorities said.

The hit-and-run crash was reported at 8:13 p.m. in the 3300 block of Northwest 19th Street.

Fort Lauderdale police Detective Tracy Figone said the driver, identified as Michael Jumpp, 19, struck the teen and another child with his vehicle as the victims were riding their bikes in the eastbound lanes.

The children were taken to a local hospital, where the 13-year-old, identified as Zagwe Saint Dic, died, Figone said.

Figone said Fort Lauderdale police officers located the vehicle and detained the driver a short time later in Lauderhill. 

Zagwe was a student at Dillard 6-12 and is being fondly remembered by school administrators.

"He really loved Dillard," Broward County School Board member Dr. Rosalind Osgood said. "He was a die-hard Panther -- a member of the football team there. Just had a very bright future. Kind of a quiet kid, but excited about school and really had a strong desire to just do the right thing."

A growing memorial now sits at the crash site where Zagwe's life was cut short. 

The condition and identity of the second victim have not been released.

Jumpp, who is a senior at Academic Solutions Academy High School, faces charges of failure to stop at an accident involving a death, failure to stop at an accident involving serious bodily injury and operating a vehicle without a valid license. 

He has since bonded out of jail. 

 

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