MIAMI, FL—Authorities have found a person of interest in the ongoing investigation into the unfortunate April 30, 2011 hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a 14-year-old Miami Gardens boy. According to information provided by the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) identified their person of interest as 40-year-old Odingo K. Walden, who was caught on camera driving a pickup truck strikingly similar to the one involved in the fatal Miami-Dade County car crash.
Reports indicated Andre McCarthy was trying to cross Northwest 27th Avenue when an unspecified red pickup truck slammed into him in the northbound lanes, near Northwest 194th Street. It was not clear if the teenage crash victim succumbed to his severe injuries at the scene, or if emergency medical services (EMS) rushed him to a hospital beforehand.
The hit-and-run driver, on the other hand, subsequently fled the scene. FHP troopers relayed witness reports, which described a red pickup striking the teen upon turning out of a parking lot. Surveillance photos show Walden behind the wheel of a red Dodge Ram pickup truck moments before the deadly collision occurred.
The search for the alleged hit-and-run driver, along with the vehicle involved in the fatal Florida crash, continues.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics suggest 259 accident victims were killed in Miami-Dade car crashes during the year 2009. Overall, statewide accidents resulted in a total of 2,558 traffic fatalities.
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