By Peter D'Oench

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A freak accident claimed the life of a woman outside a building that houses doctors’ offices late Wednesday morning when a pickup truck struck her and sideswiped that building.

Miami-Dade police say it’s not known what caused the accident at 6085 Bird Road and whether alcohol or speeding was a factor in this accident. They said they were questioning the driver and citations or charges are pending.

Physician’s Assistant Yamilett Mendez told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that she was working in a building directly across the street when fellow employees alerted her about the crash and she and a doctor ran outside to see if they could help the victim but Paramedics were already on the scene.

“They heard loud sounds back to back,” said Mendez. “When I heard about it my first instincts as a provider were to go outside with a doctor and my question was do we have a pulse. We were going to go across the street but Fire Rescue was already there. We wanted to see if she had a pulse. Then I saw them putting the yellow papers over her and I guess they called in the field.”

Police say the woman who may have been elderly and who has not been identified did not survive.

“It’s just unfortunate how you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. “It’s so random. It’s not like she did something to provoke it. She was just standing at the entrance to the building. She was either walking in or walking out. It was not like she was on the dangerous part of the sidewalk next to the street. She was on an inner sidewalk which is right next to the entrance to the building.”

It appears the grey pickup truck may have jumped a curb and hit the victim.

“At first I thought it was medical seizure,” she said. “We don’t know his medical history. But they said fire rescue helped him limp over to the fire truck. Did his tire give out and cause him to lose control? That’s what we need to fire out.”

The driver has not been identified.

Police are looking for surveillance tape and urge witnesses to come forward.

Mendez and other neighbors say there have been several accidents in the area recently on Bird Road.

“A few weeks ago we had not an 18 wheeler but a big dump truck slam into a building just 2 blocks down,” she said.

Peter D'Oench

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