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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea detectives need help tracking down driver in hit-and-run crash

U Haul hit-and-run in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
U Haul hit-and-run in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (Courtesy: Broward County Sheriff's Office)

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. – Detectives in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea are asking for help in finding the driver of a U-Haul box truck, who seriously hurt a man who was walking on a sidewalk.

Just before 10 p.m. on Friday, June 4, a 63-year-old man was walking with his wife on a sidewalk near the 4400 block of North Ocean Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

According to detectives, the driver of the U-Haul veered off the road and onto the sidewalk when traveling southbound, north of North Ocean Drive and Commercial Boulevard, striking the man. Shortly afterward, the driver fled the scene. A witness followed the box truck and was able to record the Arizona tag-- AE 38486.

The victim was transported to Broward Health Medical Center and was treated for his injuries.

Deputies said a second witness followed the driver and forced them to stop, but the driver eventually took off, leaving the U-Haul truck to be recovered by authorities a short time later.

Detectives are asking witnesses and/or anyone with information to contact Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Criminal Investigations Sergeant Craig Bachan at 954-640-4246. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

About the Author:

Veronica Crespo writes for Local10.com and also oversees the Español section of the website. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism and Spanish.