Drivers Asked To Help Solve Deadly Hit & Run
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HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – Investigators with the Miami-Dade police department handed out flyers to driver at an Old Dixie Highway intersection Wednesday morning in an effort to generate new leads in their investigation into a deadly hit and run accident over the weekend.
Police also released new surveillance tape of the car that shows it in the upper corner of a screen on Old Dixie Highway.
It happened Saturday just after midnight. Curtis Geddis, 51, and his 13-year old son Bernard Green were in a cross walk on Old Dixie Highway at SW 264th Street.
“We had just gotten off a bus and we were coming back from a Walmart store when this happend,” said Geddis.
Geddis and his son, who was steps behind his father, were just about to reach the other side when they were struck by a car. The car slammed head on into Green, he died on the scene. Geddis was clipped by the car’s side view mirror.
“All of a sudden I felt the car hit me in the buttocks area. And I heard a thud and I had some injuries and I looked over and my son was gone,” said Geddis. “I don’t remember what the car looked like. All of a sudden it revvved up and was gone.”
“I miss my son, I need him back,” said Geddis. “I can’t sleep at night, I’m barely eating, I’m only making it through the grace of God.”
Geddis told CBS4′s Peter D’Oench that he’s thankful that his sister and nephew are there to offer support.
“I’m very torn, I’m just thank God for giving me the strength to be here with my brother and we’ll make it through this,” said Green’s aunt, Valerie Hawkins.
On the flyers, was a picture of the type of car that hit Geddis and Green – a white 2001-06 Hyundai Elantra. Traffic homicide detectives told drivers the vehicle will have heavy damage to the front end, windshield, front-right headlamps and hood. The vehicle will also be missing the passenger side-view mirror. The vehicle may have been repainted from white to white.
According to police, a dark green four-door car was traveling with the Elantra and also fled the scene.
“He needs to turn himself in, that’s the bottom line,” said Hawkins. “He needs to turn himself in. I know he’s not sleeping well.”
“If you’re helping to harbor this man, you’re going to be prosecuted by the law too,” said Geddis. “Turn yourself in. It’s just a matter of time before you get caught.”
Miami-Dade Police traffic homicide detective Oscar Perez told D’Oench, “We’d like to find the driver of the car who took off northbound on Old Dixie Highway at Southwest 264th Street just after the accident. We’d like to find out why that person did that and speak to him. We would also like to solve this case to bring this family closure.”
Geddis told D’Oench that his son will be remembered in a memorial service at Praise Community Church at 12777 SW 280th St. in Homestead at 7 p.m. on Friday. He said there will be “final home going services” for his son on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Second Baptist Church at 11111 Pinkston Drive in Richmond Heights.
He said there will also be a public viewing for his son from 2 p.m. on Friday at Jays Funeral Home at 17420 Homestead Avenue in Perrine.
Geddis said he was having trouble paying for the costs of burying his son. He and Hawkins say that anyone who wants to help with those expenses can make a donation directly to Jays Funeral Home in the name of Bernard Green.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers
(305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.