Miami-Dade police department is investigating a hit-and-run crash involving an 18-year old. The Miami-Dade Police Department says Derek Betancourt, 18, was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving a Mercedes-Benz in northwest Miami-Dade on Sunday February 9, 2020 around 8 p.m. The Miami-Dade police department issued a flyer on Tuesday in hopes of finding the driver who fatally struck the 18-year-old boy. The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. Sunday in the 19600 block of Northwest 47th Avenue.
According to the flyer, a 2015 to 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 struck the teen, who was on his bicycle, and continued north on Northwest 47th Avenue without ever stopping to help the victim. The victim, Derek Betancourt, ultimately died from his injuries. A spokesperson for MDPD says the vehicle was dark in color and is missing its left front outer grille and front Mercedes emblem. It also possibly has damage to its windshield. Surveillance footage shows a dark car speed and then strike the victim before driving out of frame, leaving the injured teen on the road. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the Miami-Dade Police Department.
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Hit and run accidents usually occur because drivers illegally leave the scene of crash instead of pulling over and checking to see if the injured person is okay. These types of crashes are unacceptable but are unfortunately common across South Florida every year.
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If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a negligent auto accident, it is very important that you secure legal representation immediately to preserve evidence and protect your legal rights. To schedule a confidential consultation with the car accident attorneys at Suarez and Montero! We would love to have an opportunity to explain the law in Florida to assist you in presenting a strong claim against the at fault party.
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