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Homeless man killed in hit and run near Little Havana

A homeless man was struck and killed by a vehicle in West Little Havana early Saturday morning, and police are seeking the driver who fled.

Miami police said a silver Mazda was seen traveling eastbound after hitting the elderly man, who is known in the area, as he used a walker to cross Northwest Seventh Street at Northwest 23rd Court.

He died shortly after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“The driver who hit and killed one of our community’s homeless this morning took away the only thing he could really call his own — his life,” the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon. “We are saddened to be reminded of how callous some people can be.”

Police are still searching for the driver, described as a white male in his 50s, and the car involved in the accident, which would have significant damage on the front end and/or windshield.

Ron L. Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:

“The driver who hit and killed one of our community’s homeless this morning took away the only thing he could really call his own — his life,” said Book. “Today’s hit and run is a tragedy beyond measure and we are saddened to be reminded of how callous some people can be. A hit-and-run is inexcusable, no matter the person involved. Every life has value, especially the ‘least and lost’.”

“The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is grateful to Miami police who are doing everything they can to solve this crime,” Book said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is urged to call the Miami Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit at 305-603-6525.

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