POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for multiple drivers involved in a fatal hit-and-run Sunday morning.
Deputies were on scene after a person was struck at Southeast 5th Court and South Cypress Road. Detectives say that at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, driver Alan Warren was traveling southbound on South Cypress Road in a white 2008 Ford Escape when he hit the pedestrian.
Warren stopped and approached the pedestrian who had been lying on the ground, police say.
“After a brief conversation, Warren attempted to locate an address on a nearby building to provide to authorities. While doing so with his back turned, the pedestrian was struck multiple times by three unknown vehicles traveling southbound on South Cypress Road,” BSO said in a news release.
The pedestrian — whose name has not been released by authorities — was pronounced deceased on scene.
A yellow tarp covered the victim, with shoes and other items strewn across the street.
On Monday, people who live and work in the area realized that the victim was a familiar face.
Woddy Bonarto owns a restaurant just up the road from where the incident happened. He and others told Local 10 News the victim was a homeless man they would often give money and food to.
“I’d see him in this area,” said Bonarto. “It’s sad because he has no family. I’m surprised, but he wasn’t too healthy.”
While Warren remained at the crash site and was cooperative with investigators, BSO says drivers of the other vehicles “failed to remain on scene to render aid and/or provide information to law enforcement officers as required by law.”
BSO investigators said that one of the cars did make a U-turn to circle back and see what they hit, but never bothered to stop.
Detectives confirmed that the victim was crossing the street and was hit by a total of four cars, all heading southbound on South Cypress Road.
Investigators are working with several businesses in the area to pull surveillance footage and images of the vehicles that kept going after hitting the victim.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call BSO Traffic Homicide Detective Sean Williams at 954-321-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or go to browardcrimestoppers.org.