MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the driver who fatally struck a motorcyclist over the weekend in southwest Miami-Dade.
The search continues as family and friends remember Devin Borders, 19, who loved motorcycles and recently graduated from mechanic school before he was killed.
The hit-and-run occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
According to police, an unidentified Black male was behind the wheel of a white 2012 Nissan Altima that was heading south on Southwest 127th Avenue and made a left turn on Southwest 282nd Street, directly into the path of a motorcycle that had two teenagers riding it.
“It shattered into pieces right here,” Woodrow Brown, who lives nearby and heard the impact from the crash, told Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston. “It was a sad situation. You know, I hope this guy turns himself in.”
Borders was alive when paramedics arrived, according to the witness, but he later died.
Jada Perry, also 19, was also on the motorcycle. She was hospitalized but is in stable condition, authorities said.
Police said the driver of the Nissan fled the scene on foot and has not been found.
Neighbors tried helping Borders to no avail.
“He was still responsive. We didn’t want to take his helmet or anything off,” Brown said. “Wait for the paramedics and the police to get here. They did their job. And, unfortunately, he didn’t survive.”
Borders' mother Fredrica Byrd says he loved motorcycles and just got a job after graduating in July from mechanic school.
“They took it away from him ... just like that,” she said, pleading for the driver to turn himself in.
“For you to be so heartless to hit someone, don’t even stop to check on him, or the young lady he was with — don’t even know if he’s dead or alive and you just leave ...” she said. “My heart is broken and I just hope that ... you can just turn yourself in. It’s the right thing to do.”
Anyone with information about the hit and run is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.