SUSPECTED HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER LOCATED

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

UPDATE: The female driver in this case contacted detectives immediately after seeing news reports and is cooperating with the investigation.

PIO Number: 19-3-18A



BSO Case Number: 04-1903-001031

Date: March 14, 2019

Time: 12:45 p.m.

Jurisdiction: Lauderdale Lakes

Place of Occurrence: 2700 block of North State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes

Driver(s): Unidentified adult female

Pedestrian(s): Zhion Cooper, 4, male, Pompano Beach (HOSPITALIZED)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are looking for the driver who struck a 4-year-old boy, took him to the hospital and then fled.

At 12:45 p.m. on March 14, a woman was walking with three children in the 2700 block of North State Road 7 in Lauderdale Lakes when a Chrysler 200 exiting the plaza struck the victim and an occupied stroller. According to witnesses, the stroller tipped into the northbound lanes of traffic. The toddler wasn’t hurt. The driver came to a stop and told the woman she would take the 4-year-old victim to the hospital, BSO’s Traffic Homicide Investigation detectives said. 
  
Surveillance video shows the hit-and-run suspect outside Plantation General Hospital helping the victim, woman and two uninjured children into the emergency room entrance. The suspect then returns to the car, and flees without leaving her information or calling law enforcement. She also kept the stroller, which THI detectives said is evidence. The victim’s injuries were described as not life-threatening.

The car is described as a Chrysler 200 with white or silver paint. The suspect wore a Minnie Mouse tank top, striped shorts, eyeglasses and her hair in ponytail.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information can contact THI Det. Donnard Huneke at 954-321-4842. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. 


INVESTIGATORS:
THI Dets. Huneke & Williams                                            
Lauderdale Lakes                                                              

THIS REPORT BY:
Keyla Concepción/PIO
3/21/19    1600