Miami-Dade Police Hunt for Driver in Horrific Hit-and-Run Bicycle Death

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How often have you seen this headline in Miami? Yet even in Dade, where hit-and-runs are as regular as dubstep floating around South Beach on Ultra weekend, the wreck that killed a cyclist in North Dade yesterday was particularly brutal. 

After an SUV slammed into the man, the driver stopped twice to try to dislodge the body from beneath his car before speeding away, witnesses say. 

Update: Police have identified the victim as 50-year-old Alejandro Hermis. 
The accident happened just after 6:30 a.m. Sunday on NW 151st Street at 2nd Avenue, says Det. Roy Rutland, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The victim, whom police haven't identified yet, was cycling east when a light-colored Dodge Durango slammed into the bike from the rear. 

The driver dragged the cyclist at least 50 feet before stopping twice and "attempting to maneuver and dislodge the victim," Rutland writes in a release. 

When he finally disentangled the cyclist from his SUV, the driver sped away down 151st Street. 

The crime comes days after a 49-year-old breast cancer survivor named Ana Mares was killed in a Brickell hit-and-run. The driver in that case -- who has yet to be caught -- hit Mares with such force she flew more than 65 feet before dying in the street, police say. 

Two weeks ago, Melita Jaric, a doctoral candidate at FIU, was killed in a hit-and-run on SW 11th Street in South Dade. That case also remains open. 

With more than 12,000 cases in 2012, Miami led Florida in hit-and-run accidents last year, the Huffington Post reports

Anyone with info about Sunday's crash should call MDPD at 305-471-TIPS.




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Manny Molina
Manny Molina

12,000 hit and run cases? Jebus, this is terrifying.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

"After an SUV slammed into the man, the driver stopped twice to try to dislodge the body from beneath his car before speeding away, witnesses say."

I saw a video interview, just one witness and they said that they thought the SUV hit a mail box. And this might be speculative to say the motorist tried to dislodge the body, maybe the bicycle ? It was 6:30 AM, night & dark obviously. So who is to say what the motorist saw and tried to dislodge. Maybe the victim was deceased at impact ? None of these articles indicate whether the 50 year old victim had bike lights as required by state law to operate a bicycle at & after sunset and to and including sunrise. 

James Denestan
James Denestan

Why aren't cops posted at those brand new flashing yellow lights along Biscayne blvd and other major thoroughfares to give these idiot drivers a stiff ticket for not yielding to folk crossing the street!? It would be a great way to make money and meet your monthly quota.

Gary Gagnon
Gary Gagnon

I rode my bike all over Miami / Miami Beach when I lived down there in the mid 90's. ( Back in Boston now... ) I was nearly runover by a maniac on 125 th. St. and would have been if not for having a mirror on my bike. I saw this nut just in time, getting ready to hit me, and I was able to jump the sidewalk curb to get out of the way. That mirror saved my life. ( And still does to this day ! ) If you ride, PLEASE put a mirror on your bike !!!

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

That was murder, pure and simple...you tried to dislodge a PERSON from under your car...not a Publix bag, a PERSON...people are becoming sooo desensitized that's it scary...and he drove away...just...unreal...

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

I bet video evidence from security cameras is being destroyed for fear of some kinda of lawsuit.. :(

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Makes me ashamed to be a human...he will get caught, hope he rots in jail

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Thanks for staying on top of these horrific crashes. It's a public safety crisis and our local officials seem feckless at best and disinterested at worst, in stopping it.

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