Pedestrian killed after being hit and dragged by car in Liberty City

09/01/2012 5:00 AM

09/01/2012 2:19 PM

A Liberty City man was hit, dragged and killed by a speeding car early Saturday morning, according to police.

At around 6 a.m., a driver of a black Honda Accord was speeding north on Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami police said. The driver then hit a 60-year-old man at the intersection of 12th and 60th Street, dragging the man's body 106 feet from the point of impact.

The man rolled off the windshield of the Honda Accord, and continued to roll another 70 feet, his belongings scattered across the block.

Witnesses said the man’s body was torn apart and that he died immediately from the impact. They helped police identify the car involved in the hit-and-run.

About an hour later, a Miami-Dade police detective reported a car matching the description, with blood and severe damage to the windshield.

Police took the suspect into custody at Northwest 27th Avenue and 91st Street for questioning.

The driver is facing charges of failure to submit to a sobriety test and tampering with evidence. The names of the victim and suspect were not released because the incident is still under investigation. However, neighbors identified the victim as "Mr. Johnny."

According to witnesses near the scene, speeding is a common problem in that stretch of Liberty City. There are no traffic lights between Northwest 62nd and 58th streets along 12th Avenue. Police often set up checkpoints at the traffic light at 62nd Street to issue speeding tickets, but neighbors say it's not enough.

"The problem is it was early morning and people like to speed," said a witness who declined to give his real name but said he went by "Two Dollars Baby." "All I want is for them to figure out how to slow the road down."

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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