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12-Year-Old Boy Injured In Hit & Run In Miami Gardens

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MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) - Miami Gardens Police are looking for the people responsible for a hit and run crash that sent a 12-year-old boy to the hospital in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened along NW 29 Ave. near 152 Terrace, police said.

The victim, a 12-year-old boy, was playing football with neighborhood friends when he was struck by a car witnesses said was speeding, possibly even racing another car.

“I closed my eyes. I thought it was a dream. I started screaming,” Aaron Morris said.

Morris said he is the brother of the victim, Nick Murrell.

“It was his turn, so he threw the football, and he tried to throw it at me but he missed,” Morris explained. “So the football went in the road and he tried to get it, but the black car tried to get passed him and the red car hit him and kept going.”

Murrell was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

According to family members at the hospital, the boy suffered broken bones and head trauma.

His injuries required surgery, a relative told CBS4 News.

“His legs were all bruised up and cut up. He didn’t look like he was breathing,” witness Esteban Cuellar said.

Cuellar and others on scene told police it appeared two cars, a black sedan and a red Camaro or Mustang, were speeding, possibly even racing just before the crash.

“They were going in zigzagging motions like if they were stunt drivers or something,” Cuellar said.

“He swerved over to the right. Then he went back to the left and he hit the little boy. He hit him so hard because he was speeding,” another witness recalled.

Tyrone Maxwell was with Murrell before the accident.

“Playing football with him and hide and go seek. We have fun times with each other,” Maxwell said. “Ten minutes before, my grandmother said get out the street. When she said that, the ball went across the street and then he went to go get it and that’s when he came, he dropped the ball and he got hit.”

Maxwell said one person in the car covered their eyes just before the impact.

He said the red car was a convertible.

“After it happened it looked like they stepped on the gas to go faster to get away,” Morris explained.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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