Family of man killed in Sweetwater hit-and-run crash asks for help

Police are still looking for driver who left man for dead

By Liane Morejon - Reporter

SWEETWATER, Fla. - Yoandi Fourcoy said there are no words to describe the loss.

His father, 60-year-old Jesus Cruz, was taken from his family too soon after a hit-and-run driver hit and killed him last week in Sweetwater.

"He was the best dad ever -- best grandfather also," Fourcoy said.  

Fourcoy picked up his father’s ashes Tuesday, but the identity of the driver who killed Cruz is still a mystery.

Cruz was riding home on his scooter on Northwest Seventh Street near Northwest 111th Court just after midnight on May 7 after finishing his shift as a dishwasher at Rotelli Pizza and Pasta at the Dolphin Mall. 

Surveillance cameras captured a vehicle rear-ending Cruz’s scooter, causing him to roll down the road. Moments later, a small, four-door sedan, possibly a Honda Civic slowly drives by the accident, gets out of the car and pauses briefly next to Cruz. Neighbors said they saw the driver then get back in their car, put it into reverse and drive away. 

"Two people saw him and left him to die," Fourcoy said.  

Fourcoy said his father was a loving family man who had worked hard since coming to the U.S. from Cuba in 2013. 

Fourcoy is asking for anyone who knows anything about the crash to follow their conscience and call police with information. 

"Please help us. We need it," he said.

The vehicle that struck Cruz is believed to be a four-door American-made car that is white, silver or cream-colored. It is believed to have damage to the hood and grill. Police said it likely also has damage to the bumper because the scooter got stuck underneath it.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. 

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