Police: Damaged Hyundai sought in hit-and-run that killed boy

 

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Miami-Dade detectives were in Homestead Wednesday asking drivers to stay on the lookout for a white 2001 to 2006 Hyundai Elantra missing a right side rear-view mirror.

The Hyundai — which should also have damage on the hood and front-right headlamps –– plowed into 13-year-old Bernard Green and his dad Curtis Geddis after midnight on Saturday.

He and his dad had taken the bus to go shopping at Walmart. They had gotten off the bus and were crossing Old Dixie Highway at Southwest 264th Street on their way home.

The driver of a dark green four-door car witnessed the hit-and-run but did not stop to help. Bernard died on the street. Geddis suffered minor injuries. The driver took off north on Old Dixie Highway.

“I miss my son, I need him back,” Geddis told local reporters through tears Wednesday. “I can’t sleep at night, I’m barely eating, I’m only making it through the grace of God.”

Geddis was making a public plea for help, so that detectives can get more tips to catch his son’s killer.

Detectives identified the cars with the help of surveillance video, but they are hoping media attention will get the public to come forward with more information.

The boy had just moved from Georgia to live with his dad.

A viewing will be held at 2 p.m., Friday at Jays Funeral Home, 17420 Homestead Ave., Perrine, followed by a service at 7 p.m. at Praise Community Church, 12777 SW 280th St., Homestead.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 11111 Pinkston Dr. in Richmond Heights.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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