Man killed in Pompano Beach after being hit twice by cars that sped away, BSO says

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A man was killed Thursday morning in a hit-and-run crash in Pompano Beach, authorities confirmed.

On Friday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office identified the man as James Bates.

The incident was reported around 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of North Andrews Avenue, after a passerby found Bates lying on the street.

“Initial investigation revealed Bates was struck by an unknown vehicle which fled the scene,” BSO said in a news release Friday. “After being struck, Bates got up and began stumbling southbound along Northwest 15th Avenue. The victim fell several times and spent an unknown amount of time in the roadway crawling on the ground disoriented.

“While in the roadway, it appears Bates was struck by another unknown vehicle. That vehicle also failed to remain on scene. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded, and Bates was transported by paramedics to Broward Health North. He was later pronounced deceased at 6:35 a.m.”

Shoes and other belongings were spread across the street after the crash.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal hit-and-run.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call BSO Traffic Homicide Detective Sean Strzalkowski at 954-321-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or go to

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