Family pleads for help finding driver who injured man in hit-and-run

A South Florida family is pleading with the public for help in finding the driver who injured a man Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash.

Andrew Fordham, 26, has called a hospital room home for the past couple of days as he recovers from his injuries.

His mother and girlfriend have been at his bedside since Tuesday morning when police said a driver hit Fordham as he crossed U.S. Route 1 and Caribbean Boulevard in Cutler Bay.

“You could have stopped. You could have stopped,” Fordham said through tears. “He left. He knew he hit me, because he stopped right away and then just peeled off.”

Fordham suffered a dislocated jaw, lost several teeth and has bruising all over his body.

“They don’t know if these two fingers are broken. My neck feels like cement. My back is killing me. I can’t stand up straight and I shake,” Fordham said. 

“I try so hard not to cry, but it’s your child,” Fordham’s mother, Esther Moore, said. “Even though he’s an adult, he’s still my baby, and when I saw him it just broke my heart, because he could have been dead. It could have been worse.”

The aspiring rapper and father-to-be was walking to a friend’s house when he saw what was about to happen.

“I looked up and the dude was running the red light and he hit me. He just sped up and hit me,” Fordham said.

Fordham’s mother is hoping peace of mind will come when the driver comes forward or is caught by police.

Investigators are hoping surveillance cameras at the intersection will give them a description of the car or its license plate.

“Who hits somebody and keeps going? He left him like roadkill and it’s not fair to him,” Moore said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

 

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Coast Guard determines Government Cut jetties to be safe

The Coast Guard has announced that the jetties in the vicinity of Government Cut on Miami Beach are safe and existing markers are sufficient.

The survey was conducted following the deaths of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others after the boat they were riding in smashed into a jetty in the early morning hours of Sept. 25.

The survey considered public input as well as statistics from the past 20 years and determined that installing additional warning aids would not improve navigation.

The Coast Guard also concluded the installation of additional aids would create confusion and impair safe navigation.

“The Coast Guard takes its Aids to Navigation mission very seriously and strives to provide the most effective and safest navigable waterways to the public and commercial mariner communities,” said Capt. Megan Dean, commander, Coast Guard Sector Miami. “We cannot stress enough to all waterway users to adhere to existing channel aids and use all available means to navigate safely on the water.”

Toxicology reports showed Fernandez had cocaine in his system and was legally drunk when he was killed in the accident.

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Man arrested after impersonating police during home invasion, authorities say

A man was arrested Wednesday for impersonating a police officer during a home invasion robbery in southwest Miami-Dade, authorities said.

Miami-Dade police said Usmael “Mylo” Carvajal, 29, was arrested shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in Pinellas County.

The home invasion was reported at 3:15 a.m. June 13 at a home in the area of Southwest 159th Street and Southwest 98th Avenue.

Police said two armed men who were wearing vests and were dressed as police officers broke through the front door and put handcuffs on a 37-year-old husband and his 32-year-old wife.

“Both males were wearing police insignia,” Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome said. “They were wearing a long-sleeved shirt that said police on the side, and also the other gentleman had a vest on with a badge, and they were both armed with handguns.”

Police said the thieves forced the victims to open a safe and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

According to police, the couple’s three children were inside the home at the time but were asleep.

No injuries were reported. 

Police said they are still searching for the second robber, who was captured on surveillance video.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
 

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2 teens wounded in separate shootings in southwest Miami-Dade

Two teenagers were wounded in separate shootings that happened just hours apart overnight in southwest Miami-Dade County, police said.

A Jatavious Williams, 16, was shot in the buttocks at an apartment complex at 21511 SW 114th Court about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Miami-Dade police Detective Jennifer Capote said.

He was taken to Jackson South Medical Center for treatment. 

“I sit down, and as soon as I sit down I heard a whole bunch of commotion outside,” Catherine Barahona, who lives at the apartment complex, said. “And I go outside to, you know, be nosey and all I hear is, ‘Call 911, call 911.'”

Police believe Jatavious was walking away from a playground in Arthur Mays courtyard when he heard a gunshot and realized he had been struck. 

A 14-year-old was also shot in the leg in a drive-by shooting at Eureka Park shortly after midnight, Capote said.

That teen was driven to a hospital by the teen’s brother.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter to condemn the “cowardly shootings.”

“These heartless assaults on our youth must end,” Carvalho said. “Please break the silence.”

Overnight cowardly shootings injure 14 & 16 year-old boys. These heartless assaults on our youth must end. Please break the silence. #Enough

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) June 29, 2017

Both teens are expected to recover.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Man dies in northwest Miami-Dade shooting; 2 others injured

One person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in northwest Miami-Dade, police said. 

It started as an argument between a man and a woman outside a corner store at Northwest 22nd Avenue and Northwest 66th Street. 

At one point the woman said to the man that she was going to tell her boyfriend about the argument, police said.  It’s not known if that man was involved in the shooting.

Later on, a vehicle drove down Northwest 66th Street with three men inside.

The vehicle approached a man outside a home, and one man got out of the car and started physically fighting with him, police said.

One person in the car then opened fire, police said. The man  who had been standing outside went inside his home, got his gun and began to shoot.

A shootout then ensued.

In the end, three people were shot and one of them died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Their identities have not been released.

Police said they have a man in custody, but they’re not saying what role he played.

Anyone with more information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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