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Melita Jaric, 43, was hit by a car as she crossed the street in front of her home in SW Miami-Dade. (Source: cyberbridges.net)

Melita Jaric, 43, was hit by a car as she crossed the street in front of her home in SW Miami-Dade. (Source: cyberbridges.net)

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Miami-Dade police detectives are hoping someone has information about the vehicle or driver involved in a hit and run near Coral Gables Friday afternoon.

Investigators said the victim, Melita Jaric, 43, was walking across SW 11 Street west of LeJeune Road from her home to her car when she was struck.

The driver did not stop.

Jaric was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to police.

“It’s so sad,” neighbor Julio Escobar said. “I have been living in this area for the last 18 years (and) never ever happened something like that.”

Police said Jaric is originally from Yugoslavia and is working on her Ph.D.

She lives at a home in South Miami-Dade with her roommate who police said was devastated.

“She’s overwhelmed with so many emotions,” Det. Javier Baez said of the victim’s roommate.

Investigators believe the car that hit Jaric was likely traveling westbound along the residential street.

Neighbors said it’s become very dangerous over the years.

“This street has become like a race track,” Escobar said. “Everybody pass by here. Don’t respect the stop sign.”

“Race track would be an understatement to be honest with you,” Lee Feinberg said. “The 4-way stop is neglected. People think they own the street and they drive that way.”

Feinberg and Escobar were not home at the time of the accident, but cops are hoping someone saw something that might help them find the driver.

“The community is our eyes and ears,” Det. Baez said. “We need the community to help us in all cases we report.”

As crews cleaned up the blood on the street, some wondered how anyone could have left Jaric woman behind.

“Even if I hit an animal, I would stop and look,” Feinberg said. “How can a human being do that to another human being and not care?

Detectives do not have a description of the vehicle, but believe it might have front end damage.

If you have any information, you should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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