A 22-year-old man who was riding a motorized scooter when critically wounded by a hit-and-run driver in a white BMW has died, authorities said Friday.
Joseph Deverson, of Fort Lauderdale, had been on life support since the Monday night crash in the 3100 block of Powerline Road. His family had kept a bedside vigil at Broward Health Medical Center throughout the week.
The Broward Medical Examiner's Office said Deverson was declared brain dead Tuesday and his organs were donated Thursday night.
Deverson, who worked at an Oakland Park lawn-mower shop, was removed from life support Thursday night after some of his internal organs were removed to help other patient's in need, family friend John Moecia said.
Deverson's family was gathered Friday to mourn and was too distraught to speak, Moecia said.
Deverson's sister, Jessica Deverson, Thursday expressed gratitude for the "amazing" and "overwhelming" outpouring of support the family had received.
"The suspect vehicle has been recovered, but the crash remains under investigation," Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff's Office, said.
An observant employee of an oceanfront condominium led authorities to the white BMW-6 series that investigators believe hit Deverson.
The man, who had seen news reports of the hit-run crash, told investigators he saw a white BMW with front-end damage return to The Palms, 2100 N. Ocean Blvd., late Monday, Moschella said.
Sheriff's detectives towed the vehicle, which had a missing passenger-side mirror, as well as damage to the lower-front grill and quarter panel. A side mirror was left at the scene, Moschella said.
The luxury car is believed to have left Georgie's Alibi, a Wilton Manors bar, sometime after 10 p.m. Monday, Moschella said.
Detectives say the driver may not have seen Deverson, who was riding a Go-Ped, before hitting him about 10:45 p.m.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the BMW's driver to contact Detective Carlos DeJesus 954-321-4840. Anonymous tips can be made to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
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