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Man, 50, dies after being struck by car in Deerfield Beach

Driver returned to scene after collision, authorities say

A South Florida family is demanding justice after a 50-year-old man was fatally struck by a car Monday morning.
A South Florida family is demanding justice after a 50-year-old man was fatally struck by a car Monday morning.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida family is demanding justice after a 50-year-old man was fatally struck by a car Monday morning.

The incident occurred in the area of Sample Road and Northwest Fifth Street.

Relatives identified the victim as Pedro Escalante.

His son, Neimer Escalante, told Local 10 News that his father was crossing the street after leaving a nearby store to get back home and was struck by a vehicle whose driver never stopped.

Pedro Escalante and crash scene. (Escalante Family/WPLG)

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Miranda Grossman, the driver of the Honda Element returned to the scene and is cooperating with detectives.

Neimer Escalante, however, said he wants the driver to be arrested so that his father, a Guatemalan native who worked in landscaping and leaves behind three children, can have justice.

“He’s very kind, generous, calm,” he said about his father. “I feel very bad because it’s my father.”

Pedro Escalante was taken to a local hospital after the crash, where he died.

His relatives question why the driver initially left the scene.

Authorities have not said whether the driver will face charges or be cited.


About the Authors:

Madeleine Wright is a general assignment reporter for Local 10 News. She joined the team in March 2017.

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.