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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police are searching for the driver who struck and killed an elderly woman late Sunday night and took off.

It happened at NW 37th Avenue and NW 9th Street in Miami.

City of Miami Police say Hilda Garcia was struck while walking to the store by a speeding, dark-colored car. The impact was so severe that her legs were severed from her body, according to the police.

Her family wants to know what kind of a person slams into a woman crossing the street and keeps on going.

“They are supposed to call the police and tell the truth. That’s not fair. My sister is not an animal. She’s a human being. That’s not right,” said Garcia’s sister Mireya Bolanos.

Tony Bolanos, Garcia’s nephew, said he got the call from her son. “Screaming and yelling on the phone, ‘they killed my mom, they killed my mom, Tony. Help me. They killed my mom.’ I dropped all the food that we were eating and came running,” he said.

“He left her lying there like a dog, didn’t even stop to help her out, didn’t even stop to call for rescue or anything. She was a wonderful lady, loved by everybody in the community,” he added.

Garcia has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years. She was four days away from celebrating her 77th birthday.

“My mom is falling apart. My cousin, who is her son, has lost the only thing he has. I’ve lost my aunt. We’ve all lost somebody very special,” said Tony Bolanos.

Miami police have not given a description of the car but said it should have significant front-end damage.

If you have any information in this case, contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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