Coach mourns player killed in hit-and-run

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida precocious schoolhouse manager opened up astir the nonaccomplishment of 1 of his players after, constabulary said, helium was fatally struck by a operator who fled the scene.

The quality of the clang that took the beingness of 17-year-old Justin Rivera successful Southwest Miami-Dade, Friday morning, dealt a dense stroke to household members, friends and teammates.

Speaking with 7News connected Sunday, Victor Silva, the victim’s manager astatine Southridge Senior High School, said the teen ne'er missed a practice.

“Disbelief was 1 of the archetypal things that came to my mind, similar getting kicked successful the gut, you know?” said Silva. “Something truthful existent is uncovering retired 1 of your players is not determination anymore, knowing that a fewer hours [before the crash] helium was playing a game.”

The manager said Rivera, a punter with the Southridge Spartans, was hitting his stride connected and disconnected the field.

Sylva said helium was a beloved large brother, arsenic good arsenic a respectful idiosyncratic who ne'er complained.

Last Friday, the manager said, Rivera was apt heading to the school’s value country earlier going to class.

“I bash judge that helium would aftermath up astatine 5 o’clock and enactment retired due to the fact that helium had that drive,” said Silva.

Miami Dade Police said the unfortunate was jogging on Southwest 152nd Street erstwhile a operator jumped the curb and drove onto the sidewalk.

Investigators said the operator of a 2018 Volkswagen Passat rammed into Rivera.

The teen was pronounced dormant astatine the scene, 1 week earlier his last homecoming game.

The adjacent day, constabulary arrested Maria Rodriguez. They said the 23-year-old operator did not halt oregon telephone 911.

Instead, constabulary said, the fishy drove off, leaving the precocious schoolhouse elder injured and alone.

“Leaving idiosyncratic there, not rendering aid, is appalling,” said Silva.

Rivera leaves down respective brothers and sisters and a large, loving family.

Family members said they’re praying for justness but are already assured Rivera is successful a amended place.

Rodriguez bonded retired of jailhouse hours aft her arrest.

Rivera volition beryllium honored during the team’s homecoming game, Friday night.

A GoFundMe leafage has been created for his household to assistance with ceremonial expenses. If you would similar to marque a donation, click here.

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