Toddler struck by hit-and-run driver
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for the hit-and-run driver of a red Volkswagen Beetle who struck a South Florida toddler Tuesday evening.
"The shrill in the voice … you knew it was bad. She was just out of it," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified or show his face on camera.
According to the neighbor, he heard the boy's mom screaming for help. He said the mother had just returned home in her sport utility vehicle with her son, who he said is around 20 months old. "He came out of his mother's car, the green SUV, and he ran onto the street, and she didn't even have a chance to stop him, and he got hit by the car," he said.
Police said the driver did not stop. Witnesses observed they did not hear screeching brakes. as a red Volkswagen Beetle last seen leaving the area of Northeast 56th Street and Northeast 18th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The boy's mother grabbed her son from the middle of the road and hauled him onto the yard. "The little boy was on the floor over here with his mom and stuff," said witness Desiree Quinones. "They were trying to give him CPR. He was unconscious. He was like all bloody in his face. The mom was on her knees crying, like going crazy, hysterical."
One neighbor stepped outside and immediately called 911 as the mother comforted her son. "He was lifeless but the eyes were open and he had a gash on his face ... I really could tell ... there had to be injuries," said the man.
Another driver who witnessed the collision followed the Beetle down the road and took down the license plate number: Florida tag 316-TXC. Police believe the car might probably have some minor damage to the front as a result of the collision.
The boy was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in stable condition. His mother was too distraught to talk on camera but said she went to the police station Wednesday afternoon to talk to investigators about the incident.
If you have any information on this hit-and-run-driver, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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