OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – A four-year-old boy died and his grandmother is hospitalized after witnesses said the driver of an SUV ran them over several times.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Deliverance Delien, was visiting a home in the 700 block of Northwest 42 Street in Oakland Park Saturday around 7 p.m.
As the 65-year-old was leaving the home, Delien told investigators he accidentally stepped on the accelerator of his silver Chevrolet Tracker as he backed out of the driveway.
Several neighbors who saw the crash tell CBS4 Delien was upset with the person he was visiting and deliberately rammed his car. He then drove through a neighbor’s yard, running over trash, and eventually running over Estelida Morales and her grandson, Joshua Snyder. The two were standing in front of the home, investigators said.
“All I see is their bodies underneath the truck, rolling,” said Kathreen Gilbert. “It was awful, and then he backs back up. He saw them. That’s what I couldn’t understand. Why is he doing this? Are you trying to kill somebody?”
Neighbors tell CBS4 Delien’s SUV stopped when it became stuck in the mud. Neighbors added that they stepped in to stop Delien from fleeing or hurting anyone else.
“It looked like he was trying to leave,” said neighbor Anthony Johnson. “I just went over and grabbed the driver of the truck and held him down until the authorities made it here. A little boy is dead, and my understanding is the driver walked away last night. Sometimes you wonder where the justice is at.”
After police arrived and investigated for hours, Delien was allowed to go home.
“The police never put a handcuff on him, never put him in the back of a car,” said Gilbert. “He was leaving the scene of an accident after he ran two people over and then let him go home at one o’clock in the morning. He needs to pay for what he did. It’s ruined so many lives.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the case is on-going and charges are pending, but neighbors told CBS4’s MaryAnn Martinez they are outraged he wasn’t taken into custody the same night.
“They did nothing,” said Mike Asmar, who witnessed the crash. “You run a red light, and you’re in the wrong part of town, they got ten squad cars. Here they did nothing to him.”
Snyder, 4, from Sugarloaf Key, was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center. Morales, 54, has non-life-threatening injuries.
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