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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A father and his child are recovering in the hospital after they were hit by an oncoming Jeep Cherokee on a Miami street Thursday morning.
Miami Fire officials said it all happened near NW 7th Avenue and NW 60th Street.
Family members told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that 32-year-old Terrance Jones and his 2-year-old son Terrance were crossing NW 7th Ave. just before 9 a.m. on their way to a daycare facility when the accident happened at N.W. 60th St.
The father’s cousin, Turone Cambridge, said, “He’s on the floor. On the ground. I was told that was my cousin. It is sad.”
Miami Police Officer and spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said, “The father attempted to jump over the concrete barrier when he came in contact with the southbound vehicle. He was holding the child. The child appeared to be okay with bumps and scrapes on his head but the father was somewhat unresponsive when he left here.”
Authorities said there was a barricade set up. They were not on a crosswalk at the time.
Chopper4 was over the scene as a dark red jeep was seen stopped. What looked like a black bag was seen thrown on the street with items including slippers and a cell phone scattered near the car.
The father was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious condition with some serious head injuries.
D’Oench spoke with his sister Kimberly Jones.
He was crossing the street holding his baby from what I am hearing and the car came ,” said Jones. “I don’t know if she was paying attention. You have to be careful when you are crossing these streets. I just pray my brother will be alright. This is just too much.”
She said, “Right now I am hearing that my brother is sedated. He had a little bleeding in his brain. They are going to retest him and see how he is responding. We have family here supporting him.”
“I ask people to keep us in their prayers,” said Jones. “I really appreciate all the prayers we’re getting on Facebook and social media. I thank everyone for their concerns.”
The condition of the father’s son is not as serious. He had some bumps, scrapes and bruises. He was being evaluated by doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Police said the driver stayed on the scene and is cooperating. No word if any charges or citations will be filed.