High school student in critical condition after being struck by SUV in Davie

Driver, 100, made U-turn after crash, returned to scene, police say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

DAVIE, Fla. - A Western High School student was critically injured Thursday morning after she was struck by an SUV in Davie, authorities said.

The crash was reported shortly after 6 a.m. in the 8200 block of Nova Drive.

Davie police Sgt. Mark Leone said the girl was walking to her bus stop when she was struck by a vehicle that was traveling east on Nova Drive.

The driver continued driving for a short distance, made a U-turn and returned to the scene, Leone said.

Authorities do not believe that the driver, who was identified as Rosamond C. Preseau, 100, was attempting to leave the scene.

Leone said the victim was taken to a hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

Classmates identified the victim as Melanie Rivera, 16, a sophomore at Western High School.

"All I heard was that this morning she was running to the bus stop, and she got run over and she is having brain surgery," Alexandra Paboa, a student at the school, said. "A lot of people were close with her and everybody is saying to pray for her and all of that. So I don't know, I just hope she gets better."

The incident comes several months after two teenage girls died after they too were struck by a car near Western High School.

Police said Alicia Cerrato, 15, and Andrea De Las Salas were hit by a car Nov. 3 while crossing Southwest 136th Avenue on their way to the St. Bonaventure Family Festival near their school. 

Police said the 18-year-old driver who struck them with his Dodge Neon stayed at the scene and has not been cited.

Police do not believe that speed was a factor in that crash. 

No other details were immediately released about Thursday's crash.


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