Toddler killed, parents injured in hit-and-run crash in northwest Miami-Dade

Police are searching for the hit-and-run driver who left a 2-year-old girl dead and injured both the child's parents.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a 2-year-old girl dead and injured the toddler’s parents.

The crash happened around 9:38 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Northwest 10th Avenue and 116th Terrace.

“(She’s) only 2 years old. (She) didn’t get to live that much,” witness Jiruh Holland said.

According to Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, who is also a spokesman for the police department, an unknown vehicle was heading north on Northwest 10th Avenue as the parents and their daughter were crossing 12th Avenue in a westerly direction on Northwest 116th Street.

Zabaleta said the vehicle struck the family and the driver fled the scene.

“I tried to help, but no pulse,” one man said. “Same time rescue was coming to take over.”

The victims were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where the toddler died.

The parents, who are both 40 years old, are listed in stable condition.

“They just hit people and keep going, and then you have neighbors that see things but they don’t like to talk and say who it is,” witness Janice Holland said.

Neighbors say cars often speed by that same corner.

“I can’t even walk out here without making sure no car comes near me and speed past,” Jiruh Holland said.

Police did not immediately have a description of the vehicle that struck the family.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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