HIALEAH (CBS4) – Miami-Dade Police have arrested a driver they say hit the woman in her 60s and kept going.
Hialeah police said at least 4 people were inside the white Toyota Corolla and that after hitting the woman 7th Sreet, they drove to Hialeah and pulled over in parking lot of the Banco Popular at 1640 W. 49th Street.
Berania Nino lives near Northwest 82nd Avenue and 7th Street and like many of her neighbors she wondered if the person lying in the roadway Saturday night was someone she knew.
“I know a lot of people that walk around here at night time with their dogs and we want to know what happened, who it is,” Nino told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.
According to Hialeah police, the occupants in the car called police to report that they had been victims of a hit and run accident involving another car. Police believe they may have been trying to establish an alibi.
When officers showed up, they saw the damage to the front of this car and extensive damage to the windshield and connected them to the woman who was hit and run in the county.
Nino says this kind of incident was bound to happen purely because that stretch of NW 7th street has no streetlights.
“It’s too dark, so I don’t walk around here at nighttime. But I think it’s very important to put some light here because there’s too much accidents,” said Nino.
She said her condo complex has asked for streetlights to be put in, but with no luck. She hopes this tragedy will change that and has a message for her county commissioner.
“Maybe this person has a family, that happened to this person, to think about it. To think that can happen to any family of the commissioner, we need help in here, help to put some lights,” said Nino.
Miami-Dade police have not released the name of the woman who died. They’ve also not released the name of the driver nor said if the other people in the car will also face charges.