Police seek driver after 2 pedestrians hurt in separate Miami Beach hit-and-runs

Police searching for suspect that left 2 injured in Miami Beach hit-and-runs.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Police are seeking a driver they say is responsible for injuring two pedestrians in two separate hit-and-run crashes in Miami Beach on Thursday afternoon.

According to Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Miami Beach Police Department, the first crash happened around 3:45 p.m. near 44th Street and Collins Avenue.

A woman was hit and is listed in stable condition, police said.

Chin Chiang told Local 10 News’ Rosh Lowe that the woman involved was his 61-year-old wife, Lena.

Chiang said he and his wife were walking along 44th Street and Collins Avenue when she was run over by the hit-and-run driver.

It was the couple’s first time in Miami Beach and both were only in town for a couple of hours.

Rodriguez said the driver hit another pedestrian moments later, near 57th Street on Collins Avenue. That victim, a man, is listed in critical condition, according to police.

“What can I say? There are crazy people out there,” Chiang said. “The other driver is in critical condition--my wife’s fine.”

Officers are on the lookout for a black four-door sedan with tinted windows.

Both victims were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center by Miami Beach Fire Rescue.

Anyone with information that could lead up to an arrest is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

About the Authors:

Cody Weddle joined Local 10 News as a full-time reporter in South Florida in August of 2022. Before that, Cody worked regularly with Local 10 since January of 2017 as a foreign correspondent in Venezuela and Colombia.

Reporter Rosh Lowe has been covering news for nearly two decades in South Florida. He joined Local 10 in 2021.