FIU student dies after struck in hit-and-run near her home



A Florida International University student who was struck by a hit-and-run driver has died.

Investigators said Melita Jaric, 43, was walking across Southwest 11th Street west of LeJeune Road from her home to her car when she was struck on Friday.

The driver did not stop.

Jaric was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she remained in critical condition over the weekend.

Police said Jaric, who was from Yugoslavia, was working on her doctorate in computer science at FIU.

Investigators believe the car that hit Jaric was likely traveling west along the residential street.

“This street has become like a race track,” neighbor Julio Escobar said. “Everybody passes by here. Don’t respect the stop sign.”

“Race track would be an understatement to be honest with you,” Lee Feinberg, another neighbor, said. “The four-way stop is neglected. People think they own the street and they drive that way.”

Feinberg and Escobar were not home at the time of the accident, but police are hoping someone saw something that might help them find the driver.

“The community is our eyes and ears,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Detective Javier Baez. “We need the community to help us in all cases we report.”

Detectives do not have a description of the vehicle, but believe it might have front end damage.

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