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‘Cruel’ Driver Stops To Let Pedestrian Cross, Then Speeds Up And Intentionally Hits Him, Authorities Say

The unidentified driver went "out of his way" to strike a man in a Publix parking lot, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, leaving the victim with a broken leg.

By Eric Shorey

Florida authorities are hunting for a man described as "bizarre, cruel and reckless," after footage shows him stopping to let a pedestrian cross in front of his car, then speeding up and swerving to hit him.

The alleged incident, which left the victim with a broken leg, occurred in a Publix parking lot on Feb. 23. Footage of the incident shows a vehicle resembling a Kia Soul pausing to let a man cross. Then, just as the passerby clears the vehicle, the car accelerates to the left, hitting the victim head-on before fleeing south on the highway. Police are now releasing footage and images of the altercation in the hopes it will lead to an arrest.

The victim was identified as Angelo Ford by CBS Miami.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office describes the suspect as “a heavyset male with a fair complexion, short brown hair and a close cut brown beard," in a statement on their website. "He wore a red baseball cap, a red T-shirt, khaki shorts and black sneakers."

The driver's actions have been described as aggravated battery by the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities believe the attack was intentional, as the driver had to go "out of his way" to execute the violent maneuver. 

Anyone with more information on the case is being asked to contact BSO Det. Mirelle Palushaj at 954-321-4226. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. A $3,000 reward is being offered to those who can provide tips leading to an arrest.

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