MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Police are searching for a driver, accused of hitting a man and driving away early Friday morning.
The victim of the hit and run was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.
Witnesses said the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Biscayne Boulevard and NE 17th Street.
They said the driver of a white Mercedes SUV was heading southbound when they struck a man in the street and kept going.
A cab driver who happened to be driving behind the SUV tried to follow the driver long enough to get the license plate number, but was unsuccessful.
He said the driver was going too fast and once they hit the highway he just couldn’t keep up.
“When I see the car hit a human being, I was so, you know. I was so upset. That’s when I tried to chase him to get his tag number,” said cab driver Martin Absolu.
Witnesses said the victim was screaming out in pain right after he was hit so he was conscious at the scene before he was taken to the hospital.
“That was terrible. I was on the ground, literally on my knees in my dress, literally, crying with him, like saying, just try to stay alive, stay alive, stay alive,” said witness Amber Bass.”
“But the ambulance just got him,” she said. “I just prayed to God that he made it there safely to the hospital. I prayed to God he would make it safely.”
Police continue to investigate the incident.
If you can help police, call them or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).