WILTON MANORS, Fla. – Two children have died and four other children were injured when a vehicle plowed into them Monday afternoon in Wilton Manors and then took off, authorities confirmed.
The incident occurred around 2:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue.
According to Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan, two of the children were pronounced dead at the scene.
“This is a heartbreaking evening for everyone, for families and for the first responders who responded to the scene,” said Miranda Grossman, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said four other children were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, one of whom was listed in critical condition. First responders said those hospitalized were ages 1, 2, 6 and 9.
“It’s just a horrible situation for the community, for the parents, for anyone who is involved,” Gollan said.
Grossman confirmed that in addition to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews, Wilton Manors police and BSO deputies responded to the scene.
She said BSO Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
A description of the driver and vehicle were not immediately known.
Anyone with further information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
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