Police search for hit-and-run driver who killed cyclist
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NORTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A bicyclist was suddenly struck by a hit-and-run driver, then, what witnesses said the person behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle did next, can only be described as cruel and heartless.
Alejandro Hermis' bike was left broken and mangled on the side of Northwest 151st Street in North Miami-Dade, surrounded by evidence markers. "I thought he hit a mailbox," said Sandra Esperance, "and he was revving the engine like something was stuck underneath."
The sound caught Esperance's attention at about 6:30, Sunday morning, near Northwest Second Avenue. "You can hear something is like hanging and scraping along," said Esperance. "It sounded like something is stretched underneath and released it, but I didn't think it would be someone under the car."
Then she said, the SUV sped off. "He was all over the place," Esperance continued, "and I thought he was gonna crash into someone else."
As she looked around, Esperance found Hermis, 50, on the street already dead. "He was just laying there helplessly," she said, "and you see the bicycle all crumbled up. You can see the guy was like on the sidewalk! He takes him from the sidewalk and brings him on the road and he left him there and you can tell he saw what he did because he stopped."
Neighbors said they knew the victim as Alex. Friends said he was headed back from Winn-Dixie a few blocks away and had bread in his hand as he peddled east and was run down. "He got hit from behind and got dragged," said friend Angel Camacho. "I couldn't look at the body. Someone else had to do it."
Everyone in the neighborhood said they knew him well. "We are his family," said John Sweidan. "He considered the whole neighborhood his family."
Hermis' story is all too common. "Every time I get on my bicycle, my main objective is to keep somebody from killing me in a car," said a cyclist.
Hermis was run over and left to die in the streets of South Florida with no suspect in custody to blame. "It's stone cold murder," said the cyclist, "and running away from the accident like that makes you a coward, on top of it. It's not hit and run, it's murder and run."
Witnesses described the SUV as having a light color. They said it was either a beige, silver or white Dodge Durango and probably 2010 to 2013 model. They believe it has some front-end damage.
If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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