Family discovers tourist reported missing in Sunrise was hit by car

Nir Duanne, 22, reported missing after visiting Sawgrass Mills Wednesday

By Roy Ramos - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. - A tourist from Israel who was reported missing Wednesday after failing to return from a visit to the Sawgrass Mills mall had been struck by a car, his family learned Friday.

According to Meir Duanne, his brother, Nir Duanne, 22, had been staying with him at his home in Lauderhill for about two weeks.

Meir Duanne said his brother was the victim of a hit and run at 2759 West Oakland Park Blvd, is in a coma, has a fever which doctors say is normal because of head trauma and has had two brain surgeries. 

Doctors said it will be weeks before they know the extent of his condition. 

"He doesn't have friends here. He doesn't have relatives here. He is not working here, so it is all, like, very weird," Meir Duanne said.

Meir Duanne said his sister was the last person to speak to Nir Duanne around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"He sounded positive. He sounded very good, like nothing unusual," Meir Duanne said. "They hung up the phone and that was the last time anyone heard from him."

Meir Duanne reported his brother missing the next day after he realized his brother left behind his passport, a six-month visa and the majority of his cash. 

"He left his laptop here, he left all of his clothing here, his suitcase. He basically didn't walk out with anything from the house, so that is why I was so concerned," Meir Duanne said. 

Meir said the Jewish community here in South Florida is assisting with food and prayers. 

He said the Uber app shows that his brother was dropped off at a medical center a short distance away from Sawgrass Mills. According to Meir Duanne, his brother walked to the mall from the medical center.

According to a Sunrise police report, Meir Duanne tried to call his brother but his phone went straight to voicemail.

Sunrise police said the tourist somehow made his way to Lauderdale Lakes after visiting the mall, and was struck by a car in the 2700 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.  

Nir Duanne's family was not contacted because he had no identification on him.

His family said he is being treated in the intensive care unit at Broward Health Medical Center. 

Meir Duanne said he had contacted the Israeli Embassy prior to his brother being found and his parents had filed a missing person's report with Interpol.

The family is now hoping that Nir Duanne recovers from his serious injuries.

It's unclear whether the driver remained at the scene of the crash. 

He now wants to get the word out to find who would do this and leave his brother for dead. 

"He doesn’t mind doing the interview in the hospital room, but we would need to get clearance from the media contact," Meir Duanne said. 

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