Teen bicyclist dies, police looking for woman connected to hit and run

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. – Police released a photo of a woman they believe is connected to the hit-and-run crash that killed a teen bicyclist in Bal Harbour Saturday in the early evening. They are not saying what her role was and don’t specify if she was the driver, however.

Ethan Gordon, 14, was crossing Collins Avenue at the 10200 block on Saturday around 6 p.m., according to Miami-Dade police. That’s when he was struck by a car traveling northbound.

Police said the driver “failed to stop and render aid” and instead fled the scene.

Investigators have identified Luisa Fernanda Ahearn, 24, as “one of the subjects involved” in the hit and run.

Miami-Dade police said the driver fled northbound on Collins Avenue and then went westbound on 163rd Street.

A 14-year-old boy was killed after a driver struck him in Bal Harbour and then fled the scene. (WPLG)

The incident happened less than a mile north of the Bal Harbour Shops.

There’s now a makeshift memorial in the spot where Gordon was hit. Out of respect, Bal Harbour police are preserving the small memorial.

Neighbor Sel Glasser said, “It’s tragic, a young kid. Could have been avoided. Should have been avoided.”

Miami-Dade investigators are handling the case since it is now a homicide. They said the vehicle involved was a silver 2018 KIA Optima sedan. Investigators say the car has windshield and right-front end damage.

Witnesses said the accident was a violent one. A man who works at a nearby building said the boy was in “bad shape” when he was taken to the hospital where the 14-year-old died from his injuries.

Police are urging anyone who may have information on Ahearn’s whereabouts or have seen the silver KIA to call Miami-Dade police or they can remain anonymous and contact CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-8477.

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Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.

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