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Haulover Bridge Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Victim in Wheelchair: MDPD

A South Florida mom joined Miami-Dade Police Wednesday pleading for the hit-and-run driver who left her son in a wheelchair to come forward.

Lilia Briceno's son, 25-year-old Julian Briceno, was riding in the designated bike lane on Wednesday, April 13 just before midnight on Collins Avenue crossing over the Haulover Bridge.

That's when police say a driver entered the bike lane and hit Briceno leaving him with injuries so severe, he remains in a wheelchair. Briceno's bicycle was left mangled in the street.

The driver took off without stopping. Police interviewed witnesses, but none could provide a description of the vehicle or the driver. Police say the vehicle would likely have front-end damage to the passenger side due to the crash.

Through a translator, Lilia begged anyone with information to come forward. She told police that her son has fallen into a depression and rarely leaves the house.

"How would they have the heart to do what they did and get away with it without having to confront what it is that they did," she said through an interpreter.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the area, but so far have no leads in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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