Authorities Investigate Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Dania Beach

Bernard Williams, 62, killed in hit-and-run crash in 1200 block of S. Federal Highway

Authorities are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Dania Beach Wednesday morning.

The crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. in the 1200 block of S. Federal Highway, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The BSO identified the victim as 62-year-old Bernard Williams. A passerby found his body lying in the street and called 911. It's unknown what kind of car struck him, the BSO said.

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"Apparently he was attempting to cross Federal Highway when he was struck in the southbound lanes," BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.

Williams was pronounced dead on the scene, the BSO said.

BSO Traffic Homicide Unit detectives were at the scene early Wednesday and authorities are looking for the driver, who they said continued heading south after striking Williams. Detectives said Williams' injuries were consistent with the impact of a vehicle, and the suspect's vehicle should have damage to the front end or hood.

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Detectives are canvassing businesses in the area as they investigate, the BSO said Wednesday afternoon.

Family members said Williams was homeless and often walked the streets near where he was killed.

"Nobody deserves to be left like that," said Bert Gallo, who owns a nearby restaurant. "I mean even if you didn't want to get caught, call 911 or from somebody else's cell phone or pay phone or whatever, get the guy some help and then take off, if you really got scared."

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Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Det. Carlos DeJesus at 954-321-4843 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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