The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal hit-and-run that occurred Saturday night in Oakland Park.
The man who was killed was not identified as law enforcement works to notify his next of kin.
According to BSO, the incident occurred around 10:35 p.m. when the man was crossing Northwest Ninth Avenue at Oakland Park Boulevard; he was not walking in a crosswalk. A driver in what law enforcement believes is a white SUV was driving northbound when they hit the pedestrian.
After the driver struck the man, they slowed down and then continued driving northbound. Oakland Park Fire Rescue responded to the incident and pronounced the man dead.
Earlier that same day, BSO reported that a woman named Niohsha Drayton was killed in a hit-and-run in the 600 block of Northwest 31st Avenue in unincorporated central Broward County. She was hit not once, but twice by two vehicles. Neither driver stopped.
These tragedies come weeks after a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in January, also in Oakland Park. The driver did not stop after hitting Nancy Vazquez, 59, and left behind debris that led police to believe that the car was a 2013-2015 black four-door Honda Accord EX.
“Although the crash was not the fault of the driver — the pedestrian did walk in the roadway where the driver would not expect to find a pedestrian — however the driver did flee the scene,” BSO Traffic Homicide Det. Sherry Slagle-Grant said during a press conference.
Matthew Masters thought of this tragedy when talked to SFGN about his own experience with a hit-and-run just days later. He was crossing the street in Fort Lauderdale with his bicycle when he was hit by a car, sending him flying into the air and landing by the sidewalk. About 10 minutes later, a waste management worker saw him and called for help.
“I would like to see something done about pedestrian-friendly roads and cracking down on speeding so nobody else gets hurt,” he told SFGN.
As for the man killed March 6, BSO has not released any of his identifying information as they look for his next of kin to notify of his death.
If you have any information, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.