Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide investigators are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash Monday night that left a Go-Ped rider in critical condition.
The crash happened around 10:45 p.m. on Powerline Road just north of Oakland Park Boulevard.
Investigators said Joseph Deverson, 22, was hit while riding a Go-Ped, a small, motorized scooter that resembles a skateboard with handles. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center with critical injuries.
A group of friends gathered Tuesday evening to hold a candlelight vigil and pray for Deverson at the spot where he was critically injured Monday night.
"He's a great hearted person, look around at us he's the person who makes the party, makes us happy," said friend, Vinnie Souza.
Deverson now lies in the hospital with a severe brain injury. He is on life support.
Longtime neighbor John Moecia fears the worst.
"I've been thinking about it all day. What can you do, I'm going to miss him. All that I know is he was a good kid," he said.
Through their tears of disbelief, Deverson's friends are hoping for a miracle.
"Hopefully I'll be able to see him in the next couple days when he gets out... we go fishing and had just gone fishing," said Chance Simmons. "I hope to see him smiling again. I'll be there to pick him up when he comes out the door."
Investigators said it’s possible the BMW driver did not see the Go-Ped, which is not legal to operate on a Florida road, and if the driver had remained on scene, he or she may not have faced any charges.
The vehicle they are looking for is believed to be a white 2013 or newer BMW 6 series, based on vehicle parts left behind at the scene.
There is likely damage to the front, passenger side of the vehicle including the bumper, hood, quarter panel and possibly even the windshield.
Anyone with information about the BMW or the driver should contact Det. Carlos DeJesus at (954) 321-4840 or call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.