MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Police have arrested a man accused of a hit-and-run after a good Samaritan allegedly saw the accident and followed the suspect.
The sun was just coming up Sunday at the time of the crash near US 1 at S.W. 128th Street in Pinecrest.
The scooter was left deformed and destroyed, found at a gas station at S.W. 184th Street, miles away from the collision site.
The driver was air-lifted to Kendall Regional Hospital in critical condition. He’s believed to have been dragged down the street.
“Honestly, it’s US-1. Friday night, no, Saturday night, so drunk people everywhere,” said George Lagrave, who works nearby. “It’s pretty crazy. I didn’t expect to come in the morning and it’s kinda crazy how they blocked the road. It looked pretty intense. The officers’ faces, you could tell something was really wrong.”
Florida Highway Patrol spent the morning processing several scenes, including a spot at S.W. 268th Street in southwest Miami-Dade, where they were seen photographing a blue SUV with front-end damage.
Moments later, police walked out of a Homestead apartment complex with Willie Michael Thornton, 38, in handcuffs.
He’s been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury.