Police: Hollywood Man On The Run After “Hit & Run”

HALLANDALE BEACH (CBSMiami) – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Hollywood man accused of hitting two people in a Hallandale Beach restaurant’s parking lot.

The trouble is that the police can’t find 61-year old Vagiff Safarov to charge him with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

According to investigators, Vagiff struck the two people with his SUV in the parking lot of Flannigans, located at N Federal Highway.

Efrain Lopez was hit and launched into the air due to the accident. The other person broke and arm.

“He ran over my head,” Lopez said. “They say I flew ten feet in the air. He ran me over twice after that. And he ran over my hands and my legs and my back.”

Detectives believe Safarov is aware that police are looking to arrest him so he’s been actively avoiding them.

“We have obtained a warrant for his arrest on three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon,” said Hallandale Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy.

They’re asking that anyone who has seen Safarov or his yellow 2001 Suzuki Vitara (Florida Tag # 180 XYR) to give them a call at (954) 457-1438 or (954) 457-1400.

Efrain was in the hospital for nearly a week and was in critical care for days and said he still doesn’t know what could have possessed Safarov to hit him.

“Maybe he was on drugs or maybe he thought I was someone he was looking for,” Lopez said.

  • Volkert

    Vagiff, Vagiff !

    What have you done, Vagiff ?

    Find an attorney and turn yourself in !

    We love you. Why did you go to the US ?

  • abootnkiki

    from what i see on the video it is not true that he almost hit them; i see 2 instigators who were standing in the middle of the lot and not moving out of the way; i see the elderly man stopping and the one man acting like a tough guy for no reason kicking the old mans car; im sure if the person behind the wheel was young and muscular that guy would never have kicked his car;hope they never find this guy;it is my opinion that these 2 got what they deserved!!!!!

  • salvador

    From the tape it looks like those guys deserved to be run over. They are clearly threatening him.

  • lonestranger

    “The other person broke and arm”???????????????????

  • Laurence

    I am also older.

    If someone threatened me like that those two men were threatening him, I would also be scared.

    I might have done the same.

    • Ed

      I am total agree. That two people is attack him and he just safe himself.

  • Denis

    It looks like the old man was in fear for his life.One man was attacking him the other was verbally attacking.

  • Yvette

    Can’t you observe that they were having a conversation? and suddenly this man comes from no were….. Analyze this a little more!!!! these people are innocent!!! if you notice the guy just came out of a liquor store!!! Can some psychology observed and analyze this situation!!!

  • Jose

    why would he be fleeing if he was scared for his life?

  • http://Yahoo Kathy

    Efrain Lopez is my father..I’m hurt to see what u ugly ppl have said… My father didn’t deserve to die so young.. What is wrong wit u people?.. Yall must be dunk individual like Agiff a drunk alcoholic who flees the law.._ Agiff will pay for what he did to my family and my dad…agiff he deserves to spend the rest of his sick miserable life in jail for spelling my dads blood…GOD works in mysterious ways..u don’t believe it? Well just look at how Agiff was arrested..lol he accidently dails ” 911 ” on him self…who does that.?. GOD… Way to go Agiff my father deserves justice.. Thank u lord ….

  • http://Yahoo Kathy

    U guys not know the real story.. U ppl are stupid people.. That video was slowed down 10x so u can see what u saw… My dad was having his birthday that day..he never even talk to this low life of man before .. Or seen him…

  • joseph lopez

    sir my uncle did not diserve this u life taker.if i c u i will beat your a–.joby should go 2 jail with u 2 sir because u invite my uncle 2 this place at night.u need special help u demon.i am just 11 and my family and i don’t diserve this.my dream was 2 see my uncle again but u took that away sir

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