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A 4-door Hyundai Elantra hit a father and son crossing Old Dixie Highway just after midnight Saturday, killing 13-year-old Bernard Green, according to police. His father Curtis Geddis and Miami-Dade Traffic Homicide Det. Oscar Perez spoke about what occurred. Neighbors Charmesa White and Biance Johnson talked about the positive impression Green made on them.
Miami-Dade Police detectives returned to the scene of a deadly hit-and-run accident Wednesday to hand out fliers, hoping someone might recognize the damaged 4-door Hyundai Elantra that was involved.
The car hit a father and son crossing Old Dixie Highway just after midnight Saturday, killing 13-year-old Bernard Green.
"The car hit me in the buttocks area. And then the pain stung and at the same time that the car struck me, I heard a thud,” said his father, Curtis Geddis.
His son was just inches behind him, and died instantly after being thrown across the intersection at SW 264th Street and died instantly.
"The vehicle failed to render any aid and fled north on Old Dixie Highway,” Miami-Dade Traffic Homicide Det. Oscar Perez said.
The driver left evidence on the scene, as the right side rearview mirror was found in the street. A nearby surveillance camera also captured the car going by. Police said they are searching for a 2001 to 2006 model Elantra with right side damage.
"Turn yourself in. you killed somebody,” Geddis said. "That was my pride and joy, and you took him from me."
Gettis, who is a single father, said his son moved from Georgia to live with him in Homestead two months ago.
In that short amount of time, he left a positive impression on his neighbors.
"That's our community son,” Charmesa White said. "He was a caring, oh can I do this, or may I do this for you? You want me to do this?"
Neighbor Biance Johnson said Green was a very respectful child and said “Miss” before he called a woman’s name.
The community will hold a memorial in honor of Green this Friday at a banquet hall in Homestead on the corner of SW 127th Avenue and SW 280th Street. His funeral will be held Saturday.