UPDATE 12/28 9:45 p.m.: BSO has arrested the driver who drove through a crowd of six children in Wilton Manors, killing two of them.
Sean Charles Greer, 27, was booked into the BSO Main Jail Tuesday evening. Police were able to find him thanks to evidence left behind at the scene and “information available,” according to police. Greer’s car was found in Wilton Manors on Tuesday with damage consistent with the hit-and-run accident, including a missing bumper that was left behind at the scene.
Greer was apprehended by Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (VIPER) and confessed to the hit-and-run. He faces two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries, tampering with evidence, four counts of driving without a license causing death and/or serious bodily injuries and driving with a suspended license. BSO says he is also on probation for burglary of a dwelling in Broward County.
UPDATE 12/28 1 p.m.: Police found the vehicle involved in the deadly hit and run in Wilton Manors; the driver is still at large.
BSO also announced the names of the children who died and were injured: Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, were killed. Draya Fleming, 9, Johnathan Carter, 10, Laziyah Stokes, 9, and Audre Fleming, 2, are being treated for injuries.
In the release, BSO shared that the driver of a 2009 Honda Accord sedan was traveling south on Powerline Road at the same time a Broward County Transit bus was attempting to merge back into traffic after dropping off a passenger. The driver of the car passed the bus, almost hitting the driver’s side, drove in front of the bus, then drove onto the sidewalk and struck the six children.
The driver did not stop after the accident, and BSO found the car Tuesday. Police departments involved in investigating the case have been given the information on the car as they search for the driver responsible for the deadly accident.
UPDATE 12/28: The Wilton Manors Police Department is searching for the driver of the car who hit six children Monday afternoon, killing two and sending four to the hospital with injuries ranging from serious to minor.
In a letter from Chief Gary Blocker posted to social media, police wrote that bystanders at the accident “sprang into action” to help the children until first responders arrived at the scene.
“Our Island City is heartbroken, and our police department stands with you as we support these families in this time of need … We are Island City Strong!” he wrote.
Through Twitter, Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Steven Gollan said in a video that grief counselors are available to help the families as well as the first responders who were impacted by the “horrific event.”
Two children have died and four more are being treated at a hospital after a hit-and-run in Wilton Manors Monday afternoon.
The accident occurred near 2417 N.W. Ninth Ave. around 2:50 p.m., according to a press release from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Local 10 confirmed with BSO that all the children are 10 and younger.
Witnesses at the scene told CBS 4 that a driver struck the children when it drove around a bus.
“When he cut in front of me he went straight for the kids,” bus driver Selvin Arjun told the TV station, adding that the driver was in a gray Nissan.
BSO’s Traffic Homicide detectives are joined by the Wilton Manors Police and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue in responding to the deadly accident. BSO is asking drivers to avoid the area.
The city of Wilton Manors tweeted that a family reunification center has been set up at the Wilton Manors City Hall Emergency Operation Center, 2020 Wilton Drive. Those needing more information can call 954-390-2150.
“Condolences are with their families,” the city said of the children involved.
If you have information regarding this accident that can help investigators, please contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or browardcrimestoppers.org.