Riviera Beach Police searching for driver who hit cyclist, fled scene in stolen pick-up truck

Victim released from the hospital

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - Riviera Beach Police believe the driver of a pickup truck who hit a cyclist on Wednesday night intentionally struck the victim before driving away from the scene.

Investigators said Kijana Baxter, 19, was riding his bike on a sidewalk on the 1000 block of West 26th Street when the driver of a Dodge Ram truck popped over the curb, crashed through a cement mailbox and then struck Baxter.

"I thought he was going to die. He was helpless. He was just shaking," said Deondre Morrison, who witnessed the alleged hit-and-run.

Just feet from their Riviera Beach home, Morrison and his family watched in horror as the truck plowed into the cyclist.
    
"I was scared because I thought the truck was going to turn around and come back and hit everyone that was trying to help him," said Morrison.

Police later found the Dodge Ram truck two blocks away on West 24th Street. They then discovered it had been reported stolen to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office just the day before the incident.

"(He's) obviously not a good person. Not a person who should be on the streets," said Rose Anne Brown, spokesperson for Riviera Beach Police.

Brown said because officers feel the man behind the wheel is so dangerous, they have extra officers hitting the streets to track down the driver.
    
Morrison and his family said they are staying off their block until investigators find who is responsible.

"Turn yourself in and don't do anything like this again," said Morrison.

Riviera Beach Police said anyone with information about the case should contact the department at (561) 845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.
 

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