The street lights were off when Leon Presley and his best friend Shantivia S. Gordon tried to cross the street late Thursday night on U.S. 1 in South Miami-Dade.
They never made it across.
The pair were hit by a white Honda Accord after they left a cousin’s house. Seconds later, a red pickup hit Presley again, before driving off.
Presley, 30, died on the street. Gordon, 22, lies in a hospital bed, with her mother by her side. She’s awake and in stable condition, pain meds coursing through tubes into her battered body.
The hardest part: learning that her best friend was dead.
“We tried to protect her, but she knows it,” her mom, Laura Gordon, said Friday from her daughter’s room at Homestead Hospital.
Police are on the lookout for the truck that slammed into Presley on U.S. 1 at Southwest 288th Street.
The driver of the Honda, Donnavan Alphanso Wallace, 41, pulled over and got out of the car to see what happened, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez. Just then, the red pickup drove over Presley in the inside lane.
The pickup driver took off speeding, according to FHP.
“It is so bad when people just leave after doing this,” said Laura Gordon. “At least you have to look.”
After police arrived, so did about 20 distraught family members and friends. They began to take out their frustration and grief on officers, some threatening them. One of them went home and returned with an AK-47, Sanchez said.
“The situation went out of hand,” he said.
Miami-Dade police were called in to calm the tension.
They were mourning two people they loved.
“Leon and Shantivia grew up together and were best friends,” Gordon said. The families used to live in the same complex.
Shantivia Gordon hasn’t had the opportunity to talk muchto her daughter because she has been sleeping on and off.
Laura Gordon said her daughter hasn’t been able to recount in detail exactly what happened on Thursday night. She has said that one car was going too fast.
Thursday’s fatal hit-and-run is the second in a week. FHP is still looking for the driver of a Cadillac Escalade, traveling on Bird Road in Southwest-Dade Miami that crashed into a Toyota Yaris. The driver of the Toyota, Carlos Jesus Pildain, 67, was killed and his wife, Dixiana, was injured.