Driver runs over two women jogging near Pelican Harbor Park

Driver told police he fell asleep on the wheel

By Liane Morejon - Reporter
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A driver hit  hit two women who were jogging westbound on the 79th Causeway near North Bay Village Saturday morning.

MIAMI, Fla. - A driver hit two women who were jogging near the Pelican Harbor Park in Miami Saturday morning, police said.

The two women were running westbound on the 79th Street Causeway when the driver of a Chevrolet Equinox sports utility vehicle allegedly fell asleep on the wheel, police said.

"The two joggers were airlifted and the 79th Street Causeway was closed," Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll, Jr. said.

Authorities expected the 79th Street Causeway to be closed until 11:15 a.m.

The women were part of a group, but stayed behind to drink water, so they were further behind from the rest when the driver ran them over, witnesses said.  The joggers were at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, Carroll said.

The driver was in police custody due to a suspended license, police said.  He was traveling with his girlfriend and an eight-month old baby in the car. They were not injured. The car came to a stop after he hit a pole.

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