DeAndre Binns, 6, was killed in a Wellington, Florida hit-and-run accident on January 9, news sources report. Binns was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police have yet to identify the driver and have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Charter Schools USA has also contributed an additional $1,750 to that reward, raising it to $2,750.
According to reports, Binns attended Renaissance Charter School in Coral Springs prior to his death. A spokesperson for the school issued a statement, saying, "This was a heart-breaking situation for everyone involved and we wanted to do something to try to show our commitment to trying to identify the person who was responsible for this horrible tragedy." The statement came after the school offered an additional $1,750 towards a reward for information leading to the hit-and-run driver's arrest.
Reports say the accident occurred in the evening on January 9 in the 6200 block of Miramar Parkway. It was already dark outside when Binns attempted to cross the busy street; it is unclear whether he was crossing the street unattended. As he made his way across the road, a white sedan struck him. The driver did not stop, instead continuing to drive down the road. Reports say a nearby convenience store surveillance camera captured the hit-and-run on tape.
Paramedics arrived at the crash site and pronounced Binns dead at the scene. Police began searching for the driver but were unable to locate the vehicle. Following the crash, police announced that the car was possibly a Honda Accord made between 1990 and 1993. The department is asking anyone with information to contact their crime stopper hotline.
Soon after the search began, Broward County Crime Stoppers announced that they were offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the hit-and-run driver's arrest. Charter Schools USA, which owns Renaissance Charter School, then added an additional $1,750 to that reward.
In other accident-related news, Roswell Bridger was injured in a Lighthouse Point accident Monday, reports say. Bridger, 60, reportedly attempted a U-turn in a driveway and accidentally hit the property owner's garage. Bridger was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for his minor injuries; the garage was not badly damaged. It is unclear whether the garage's owner will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 1:00 Monday afternoon in the 2900 block of Northeast 31st Avenue. Bridger reportedly attempted to make a U-turn in a residence's driveway. During the turn, his 2005 Dodge pickup truck crashed through some bushes and into the side of a garage, sources say. Paramedics arrived on the crash site and treated Bridger for his wounds at the scene. The emergency team then transported him to the Broward Health North Hospital for further examination.
Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what exactly happened. Reports say investigators are checking to see whether Bridger was intoxicated during the crash. Sources indicate the garage did not sustain and serious structural damage in the crash.