MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach police have released the name of a tourist who was killed in a hit and run accident early Tuesday morning.
Twenty seven year old Andrew James Hamilton, who was visiting from the United Kingdom, was struck by a speeding car on Collins Avenue at 11th Street.
It was around 2:30 a.m. when Miami Beach Police said an officer spotted a now smashed-up BMW convertible speeding south on Collins Avenue.
Before the officer could pull the driver over, they say the car slammed Hamilton who was walking across Collins Avenue.
“I saw car speeding real fast, going at least 100 miles per hour and I heard a loud boom. I thought he hit a car until I saw the guy lying in the street,” said Samuel Simpson
Hamilton was in the crosswalk when he was hit. The impact was so severe his body ended up half way down the block.
“He flew up in the air because he got hit in the corner and was in the middle of the block,” Simpson said.
After he hit Hamilton, the driver ran away, leaving three women behind in the car.
“Initially he was wearing all black. He had black pants and a black shirt. He is a black male with short cropped hair and a witness observed him removing that black shirt to wipe blood from his face and that shirt was left somewhere,” said Miami Beach Police spokesman Office Ernesto Rodriguez.
It is not known if the speeding driver had been drinking or taking drugs.
Anyone with information that can help is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).