8/18 UPDATE: BSO has arrested Kimberly Mathis, who was identified as the driver who hit a 2-year-old boy in Oakland Park and drove away. The department says that it recieved numerous tips after the media shared surveillance video of Mathis, which helped identify her. She was arrested at her North Lauderdale home and has been charged with failing to stop/remain at an accident involving injury.
8/16 UPDATE: The Broward Sheriff's Office has released another surveillance video of the driver believed to be involved in the hit-and-run of a 2-year-old in Oakland Park.
In the video, a woman pulls into a commerical parking lot, exits the vehicle, and walks around the right side. She then appears to inspect the front right bumper of her car, then gets back in. Readers can watch the video here.
Police are asking for the public’s help to find a driver who hit a 2-year-old child in Oakland Park, then drove off.
Around 6 p.m. on Aug. 11, a driver in a burgundy vehicle hit the child at the intersection of Northwest 43rd Street and Northwest Fifth Avenue, a residential neighborhood in Oakland Park. In a video shared by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the driver left the scene after the accident.
Thankfully, the toddler was taken to a nearby hospital and their injuries are considered not life-threatening.
Just last month, 10-year-old La'Ziyah Stukes died from a hit-and-run in Wilton Manors that occurred in December 2021. She and her cousins were walking on the sidewalk when a man tried to cut in front of a bus, lost control of his vehicle, and drove into the six children. He fled the scene but was arrested the next day. Two of the children died on the scene.
If you know the driver in the Oakland Park hit-and-run or have information to share, contact Oakland Park Det. Shelby Campbell at 954-202-3131 or submit a tip through the SaferWatch App. To remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477), browardcrimestoppers.org, or dial **TIPS (8477).