FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Broward Sheriff’s deputies took Tyler K. Burdhimo, 18, of Pompano Beach into custody Tuesday afternoon after a deadly hit and run near the intersection of NE 45th Street and 15th Terrace in Oakland Park.
“It’s really heartless for somebody to mow somebody down in their car and just keep going,” said BSO spokesman Jim Leljedal. “Basic humanity dictates that you stop and help, but not in this case.”
BSO detectives believed the car was a Nissan Altima and that the front end was damaged in the accident. Investigators said the driver who hit Maria Konstantinidis, 75, left no skid marks on the road, meaning the driver never put on the brakes.
Detectives got a break when someone saw the car just two blocks away from the scene with front grill damage.
But the vehicle isn’t Burdhimo’s; it belongs to his friend, David Harris.
“He was a friend of mine,” David Harris told CBS4′s Ted Scouten.
When pressed by Scouten as to whether Harris knew Burdhimo well or if he took the keys from Harris, David replied, “I have no comment.”
According to David’s father, Michael, no one in the family knew until Burdhimo called and said he hit something, but they didn’t know how serious it was.
“His friend, as far as I know, called him up and said, ‘Oh, I hit something, you’re window’s damaged,” Michael Harris said.
John Malone heard the crash and said the victim lived nearby, but didn’t know her name. He’s upset that someone would just hit her and leave her to die.
“I was in the backyard and I heard the impact,” Malone said. “It’s terrible. It’s a human life; somebody’s mother, grandmother, you know it’s a terrible thing to not even see if they’re OK.”
If you have any information on the deadly hit & run call Broward Crime Stopper at 954-493-TIPS (8477).