Pedestrian struck by hit and run driver
WEST PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- Broward Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a driver who struck a pedestrian and then took off, Friday morning.
The victim, deputies said, was jaywalking when he was hit in the northbound lanes of State Road 7, just before Southwest 26th Street. "Just after 5 o'clock this morning, we had an adult male who was crossing the street, was almost on the sidewalk in the furthest lane when he was struck by a silver vehicle," said BSO spokesperson Keyla Concepcion.
She noted, had the driver stopped he or she would have not been cited. "He was not crossing the street at a crosswalk, so had this driver stopped at the scene and tried to render aid to this person, it would possibly not be more than just an accident."
However, because the driver decided to flee, that has now changed. "At this time, we have someone who left the scene of an accident where someone suffered injuries, so they would definitely be facing some sort of charges for that."
Paramedics transported 52-year-old Walter James to Memorial Regional Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
Deputies are searching for a silver Honda Civic with front-end damage. They found parts of the car, including the cover of of the right side-view mirror, at the scene.
State Road 7 was shut down for part of the morning while deputies investigated, but it has since reopened.
James remains hospitalized, in stable condition.
If you have any information on this hit and run, 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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