Woman Fatally Struck By SUV Near Northwest 103rd Street

The residents of a Miami Dade neighborhood are in shock after a woman who was well known to them was fatally struck by an SUV over the weekend. 

Local 10 Station WPLG’s Madeline Wright reported that the incident happened on Sunday, November 29th, near Northwest 103rd Street and Northwest 13th Avenue near a Dollar Tree store that the woman often frequented. 

Authorities say that 70-year-old Maria Hernandez was crossing the street when she was struck and killed by a Toyota RAV4.  While some residents claim it was a hit and run, investigators say that the driver remained at the fatal crash scene.

Eyewitnesses say that the force of the impact sent Hernandez’s body to the other side of Northwest 103rd. First responders declared her dead at the scene. 

Hernandez by family members and area residents as being kind and friendly to nearly everyone she met.  Maria Hernandez immigrated to the United States from Cuba after the revolution and worked as a seamstress. She was the mother of four daughters, was a grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.

Residents want a crosswalk installed in the neighborhood to make the street safer for pedestrians and to get motorists who often speed along the roadway to slow down.

Hernandez’s daughter told reporters that she is grateful that the SUV driver did the right thing and remained at the scene. She also said that the driver remains in her prayers because of the incredible guilt they must now feel.

Police have not said whether the driver will be facing any charges or citations connected to the incident.