Lakes hit-and-run victim: ‘Come save me’

Damaged Ford F-150 sought after woman hurt

LAUDERDALE LAKES – Trapped in the wreckage of her car, Miriam Reid could only reach the cellphone she kept on a cord around her neck. She called her older brother, “Come save me,” said the 20-year-old nursing student. From the family’s house just blocks away, Emmanuel Reid, 24, and his brother David, 22, rushed to the 4800 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.
They saw their sister pinned in a mass of twisted metal. “I don’t even remember what I said to her,” said David Reid. ”I just started praying.” The driver of the Ford F-150 pickup
truck that collided with Reid’s car at about 2p.m. Saturday fled the scene,
witnesses told Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Within minutes of the brothers’ arrival, Broward Sheriffs Fire Rescue crews showed up to begin what turned out to be a complex extracation. Using hydraulic tools and metal saws, rescuers
cut off the top of the red Toyota Corolla, removed the door and pried the dashboard from Reid’s legs. After 30 minutes of work, she was freed and taken to Broward General Medical Center, where she remained on Sunday. She was in stable condition and recovering from surgery to repair her shattered right leg, said her father, Charles Reid.
A month away from graduating from a nursing program at Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek, Miriam Reid was en route to pick up her mother at a friend’s house when the truck collided with her westbound car. The crash propelled her Toyota through a chain-link fence and head-on into a tree. Charles Reid said his daughter is alive only because she was wearing a seat belt and the car’s airbags deployed. She knows she is lucky to have survived, her family said.
“She just kept telling me last night that she couldn’t believe the guy hit her and just ran off like that,” said David Reid. “She could have been dead.”

Police on Sunday were looking for the Ford F-150 pickup truck, described as having tinted windows and significant front-end damage. “I hope they arrest this guy soon,” said Charles
Reid, 51. ”He’s dangerous. They need to get him off the road and lock him up before someone else gets hurt.” Officials ask anyone with information to call the Broward Sheriff’s Office at 954-765-4321 or Broward CrimeStoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TlPS (8477).

By Mike Clary
Staff researcher Barbara
Hijek contributed to this report.
Sun Sentinel
Broward County
May 30, 2011