Miami-Dade County

Teen fights for her life after weekend hit-and-run

An 18-year old described by her mother as a fun loving, intelligent teen who loves to dance is hooked up to a ventilator fighting for her life at Jackson Memorial Hospital after she was involved in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

“As of last night she was asleep, she could not open her eyes but she did have some movement but right now I’m told she needs her mother’s care,” said Veronica Banks of her daughter Dericka.

Banks said that on Saturday evening her daughter told her she was going to a friend’s house. Around 9:30 p.m., Dericka’s boyfriend was walking her home on Northwest 13th Avenue when she was hit by a car while crossing 54th Street. Dericka’s boyfriend, Satchal Rivers, said the driver of the car kept going.

“Boom, it was real loud. Then when I looked out she was on the front of the car, then she was going in the air and she fell to the floor,” Rivers said.

Dericka Banks suffered head trauma, multiple broken bones and is not able to breathe on her own.

“I don’t know why this happened to her. This shouldn’t have to happen to no one’s child,” Banks said.

The teen’s family said she has a bright future ahead of her; a junior in high school, she has already received a scholarship for college.

“She talked about school all the time, trying to make a better life, that’s what she talked about,” Rivers said.

Now her family is praying that she will pull through and that the person who hit her and drove off will come forward

“My daughter is going to come out of this, I know she will,” Banks said. “I just want the one who did this to come forward.”

Rivers said the car that hit Dericka may have been a champagne-colored SUV with likely front-end damage. It could possibly be missing a bumper, which he said was left on the road after the crash.

Call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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