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Woman struck and killed by hit-and-run driver in North Miami

Police are looking for a driver who hit a woman in North Miami and left her in the road to die.

Junette Escarment, 38, was struck in front of an apartment building on Northeast Sixth Avenue at 132nd Street around 6 a.m. Tuesday. She worked as a teaching assistant at the Miami-Dade Bethune Head Start Center.

Police have not released a description of the male driver, but said he was driving a light-colored, four-door Toyota Camry.

“He struck, he killed her, left her there and he took off.,” said North Miami Police Officer Natalie Buissereth.

Escarment was going to get a cup of coffee before heading off to the Head Start center when she was struck.

“She loved her family and for a person to take my sister’s life away like that, and leave her in the street like she’s a piece of trash, come on, she didn’t deserve this,” said Escarment’s sister Julia Peter.

The grief-stricken family had a message for the person who hit Escarment.

“What you did to my sister, wherever you are, you can sit there and think it could have been your mom, your sister, your father. It could have been your own child,” Peter said.

Family members said Escarment earned a criminology degree from Miami Dade College in 2013.

While her degree was in criminology, she was unable to pursue her dream of a job in law enforcement due to a seizure disorder she suffers. Still, North Miami police say she never missed a police event, award ceremonies, community outreach efforts and other events.

“She was just great,” Officer Buissereth said.

Her family is asking for assistance for funeral arrangements. Those interested in helping, please call Neighbors 4 Neighbors at 305-597-4404.