Witness Looking For Answers After Hollywood Hit & Run - NBC 6 South Florida

Witness Looking For Answers After Hollywood Hit & Run



    NBC 6's Ari Odzer talks to the man who was at the scene when a homeless woman was the victim of a hit and run in Hollywood. (Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014)

    Hollywood Police are still looking for a driver who ran over a homeless woman with a truck Monday evening.

    A white pickup truck came screeching into the area where Bill McClain was sitting with the woman, named Lisa. Both were sitting on milk crates when the truck narrowly missed hitting both of them on the first pass.

    “I really didn’t know what to do, I was, my mind was going,” McClain said. “I was in a state of shock.”

    As the truck missed both Bill and Lisa when it first went by, Bill said it backed up for another chance to hit Lisa.

    “I said, ‘Let’s get up, get up , get up, let’s go, let’s go,’” Bill said. “She hit the curb and fell. She fell. And I reached and tried to get her when he backed in, when he backed in, that’s when he ran right over her.”

    The accident happened outside the Homeless Voice on Federal Highway in Hollywood. Sean Cononie runs the Homeless Voice and said he thinks the accident was an intentional act of violence against Lisa.

    “My God, it’s like shooting somebody in cold blood,” Cononie said.

    Cononie said he’s known Lisa for more than two years and that the crime didn’t appear to be a hate crime against homeless people in general. McClain said he agrees that the act appeared to be targeted at Lisa.

    “He should be locked up for life,” McClain said. “I think he’s a scumbag, scum of the earth, because he had no business doing something like that. I don’t know her situation, though, do she know him? I don’t know.”

    McClain continued saying he was left stunned and thankful after the incident.

    “He could’ve killed both of us,” McClain said. “Both of us could be dead. I feel real lucky to be alive.”

    McClain was back on the street Wednesday selling the Homeless Voice newspaper. According to Hollywood Police, Lisa remains in the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

    Hollywood Police are looking for the white truck seen in the surveillance video. If you have any information about the accident, call Hollywood Police at 954-921-3410 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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