Woman killed in hit-and-run crash in Florida City

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – A woman on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle late Monday night and was left in the street to die, authorities said.

The hit-and-run crash happened just before midnight in the area of Northwest First Avenue and 16th Street in Florida City, about a block west of Krome Avenue.

“It’s wrong, that’s wrong. You need to turn yourself in whoever it is,” Deborah Moore, who lives in the area, said.

A Local 10 News crew was at the scene as a child’s bicycle was left in the street, but police say it was actually a woman who was hit by the car.

“I just seen a bike and them picking up some clothes on the road,” Moore said.

Local 10 News’ Roy Ramos spoke to a witness who believes the woman may have intentionally been hit by the vehicle.

That man, Jermaine Williams, said he believes that because he described that driver turning around, driving by the victim and then taking off.

“I looked up. She had already had hit her and the bike was already under the car,” said Williams. “She kept going around the corner and eventually she ran her over and then eventually she ran down by the corner, came back, drove past her and kept going.”

Williams said he ran over to try and help the woman, who was severely injured and left lying in the middle of the street and fighting for her life.

“She was bleeding from her mouth, her elbows and knees were scrapped bad and she was facing down,” he said.

Officers placed evidence markers on the ground where it happened and around the bike.

“You’re in a resident’s street,” Moore said. “Driving that fast -- that’s wrong, you know.”

Moore said she has two grandsons who often play in her front yard, close to the street.

“They’re twins -- Omarry and Ameer -- and we’re out here, the gate is locked because, like I said, people come by here too fast riding,” she said.

No other details were immediately released from police.

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

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