A man was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday and received critical injuries.
Police say that Joseph Deverson, 22, was riding a Go-Ped motorized scooter in the 3100 block of Powerline Road around 10:45 p.m. Oakland Park Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported Deverson to Broward Health Medical Center.
Family and friends gathered at the site of the crash to hold a candlelight vigil for the young man. Vinnie Souza, a friend of the victim, told reporters, “Hoping for the best right now, hope he’ll pull through. We’re all just trying to be strong for him.”
Accident investigators pieced together clues from the scene. It is believed that Deverson was struck by a white 2013 or newer model BMW 6 series car. Based on the pieces of automobile left behind, it is believed that there is likely damage to the hood, bumper, and quarter panel of the vehicle as well as possible damage to the windshield.
Investigators are unsure of the causes of the accident, but wonder if the vehicle’s driver simply did not see Deverson. Go-Peds are not street legal in Fort Lauderdale and it would have been somewhat unusual to see one being driven on the street so late at night. If the driver had remained on the scene, he or she may not have faced any charges.
At this point, the crash is considered to be a hit-and-run, and authorities are searching for both the car and its driver. Anyone with information about either is being asked to contact Detective Carlos DeJesus at 954.321.4840 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954.493.8477. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
While the Go-Ped, and many other forms of scooters, are not permitted on city streets, it is important to remember to be on the lookout for them. As the weather improves, more people will be outdoors enjoying themselves. Make sure that your radio is not