Thirteen-Year-Old Killed, Father Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident: Cops

Witness Yoarsy Diaz said he heard a thump and then chased down a vehicle

By Karen Franklin
|  Sunday, Oct 14, 2012  |  Updated 9:27 AM EDT
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A 13-year-old boy was killed and his father was injured during a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning as the pair crossed a Southwest Miami-Dade street, authorities said. Witness Yoarsy Diaz told NBC 6 South Florida that he heard a thump and then chased down a car he believed was involved in the incident.

A 13-year-old boy was killed and his father was injured during a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning as the pair crossed a Southwest Miami-Dade street, authorities said. Witness Yoarsy Diaz told NBC 6 South Florida that he heard a thump and then chased down a car he believed was involved in the incident.

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A 13-year-old boy was killed and his father was injured during a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning as the pair crossed a Southwest Miami-Dade street, authorities said.

Bernard Green, of Homestead, was pronounced dead on scene, Miami-Dade Police said. His father, 51-year-old Curtis Geddis, was injured in the accident.

Witness Yoarsy Diaz told NBC 6 South Florida that he heard a thump and then chased down a car he believed was involved in the incident.

"But definitely the car that hit that person, they didn't slow down, they didn't stop," he said.

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Miami-Dade Police said the father and son were in the crosswalk at Southwest 264th Street and Old Dixie Highway when a white 2001-2006 Hyundai Elantra struck them. The father sustained injuries from the side-view mirror, but his son, who was walking behind him, was hit by the front of the car, according to authorities.

"A car hit me on my buttocks, I turned around, my son was gone, and he got knocked across the street," Geddis told NBC 6 South Florida.

He said the car didn't slow down. 

"After it hit my son, it kept on going, you could hear the engine roaring," Geddis said.

The vehicle sustained heavy damage to the front end and windshield, and is also missing the side-view mirror. Police said it appears that a green car traveling with the Elantra saw the incident and also fled.

Police are trying to retrieve surveillance footage of the area.

"Please, this could have been your son or daughter, please make sure this man don't get to do that again," the father said.

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