Police release photos, 911 calls in fatal Miramar hit-run
MIRAMAR, Jan 15, 2013 (Sun Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The images are fuzzy and show a white sedan with a dark, wide horizontal stripe.
Miramar Police hope that releasing the photos will lead to information about the driver of the car, sought in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed 6-year-old Deandre Binns on Jan. 9.
The driver or occupants of the car may have information of value to the police investigation, Miramar Detective Yessenia Diaz said in a news release Monday.
Deandre lived in Wellington and often visited family in Broward County, relatives said.
After getting a Happy Meal at a McDonald's, he was following a male relative north across the 6200 block of Miramar Parkway around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The relative did not realize the boy was behind him, but at least a half dozen other people witnessed the hit-and- run, police said.
One of the first 911 calls provides a glimpse of the commotion at the scene of the crash.
People can be heard yelling as the caller, almost inaudible, screams for help.
"I can't hear you while you're screaming, ma'am," the operator said.
"At 62nd Avenue and Miramar Parkway, a little boy just got hit by a car," the first caller repeated. "The car kept going."
"Where's the child " the operator asked.
"He's right in the middle of the road," the first caller said as the crowd of witnesses got louder in the background.
A second caller repeated the information to another 911 operator but said more about the injured child.
"The kid is bleeding and he's not moving," the second caller said. "There's a group of people here and there's blood everywhere."
Other callers were breathless and panicky in the moments after the young boy was hit, prompting 911 operators to urge the callers to try to calm the crowd around them.
"Oh God, it's a baby," another caller cried out. "Poor baby, baby."
Another 911 operator called back one of the men who reported the hit-and-run and asked if he had a description of the car. That man passed the phone to a woman who had seen the accident.
"The only description I can give you is it was a four-door; I don't even know what kind of model it was but it was white," she said. "It's not new. I don't want to say its beat up but it's not new [and] there's some body damage to the car."
Deandre was hit by the car, which swerved several times. He fell from its hood to the pavement, where he was run over, police said.
He was pronounced dead at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
At first, police were searching for a Dodge Charger but they now think the car is an older-model sedan, possibly a Buick.
Miramar Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. There may be a reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
Ltrischitta@Tribune.com, 954-356-4233 or Twitter @LindaTrischitta
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