Wheelchair-bound man hit by tractor-trailer dies days after crash, wife says

Police find truck driver

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man in a wheelchair struck by a tractor-trailer in northwest Miami-Dade died nearly a week after the crash, his wife told Local 10 News on Monday.

Sixty-year-old Oswaldo Rojas was panhandling on the corner of Northwest 7th Avenue and 103rd Street last Tuesday when he was sideswiped by the truck, his wife, Marta, said.

Rojas was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for surgery, but died early Monday morning, Marta Rojas said.

“I feel terrible, I can’t even concentrate on anything,” Rojas said. “He was a very good man. I couldn’t ask for a better husband.”

The truck driver continued on following the crash, according to Miami-Dade police.

Police believe the driver was unaware that he or she hit Rojas.

Detective Angel Rodriguez, an MDPD spokesperson, told Local 10 News late Monday afternoon that police have identified the driver and the trucking company.

Rodriguez described the investigation as “active and ongoing.”

It’s not clear whether the driver will face any criminal charges.

“I need for (the driver) to take responsibility,” Rojas said.

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Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.

Chris Gothner joined the Local 10 News team in 2022 as a Digital Journalist.