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Miami-Dade Police Hunt for Driver in Horrific Hit-and-Run Bicycle Death

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How often have you seen this headline in Miami? Yet even in Dade, where hit-and-runs are as regular as dubstep floating around South Beach on Ultra weekend, the wreck that killed a cyclist in North Dade yesterday was particularly brutal. 

After an SUV slammed into the man, the driver stopped twice to try to dislodge the body from beneath his car before speeding away, witnesses say. 

Update: Police have identified the victim as 50-year-old Alejandro Hermis. 

The accident happened just after 6:30 a.m. Sunday on NW 151st Street at 2nd Avenue, says Det. Roy Rutland, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The victim, whom police haven't identified yet, was cycling east when a light-colored Dodge Durango slammed into the bike from the rear. 

The driver dragged the cyclist at least 50 feet before stopping twice and "attempting to maneuver and dislodge the victim," Rutland writes in a release. 

When he finally disentangled the cyclist from his SUV, the driver sped away down 151st Street. 

The crime comes days after a 49-year-old breast cancer survivor named Ana Mares was killed in a Brickell hit-and-run. The driver in that case -- who has yet to be caught -- hit Mares with such force she flew more than 65 feet before dying in the street, police say. 

Two weeks ago, Melita Jaric, a doctoral candidate at FIU, was killed in a hit-and-run on SW 11th Street in South Dade. That case also remains open. 

With more than 12,000 cases in 2012, Miami led Florida in hit-and-run accidents last year, the Huffington Post reports

Anyone with info about Sunday's crash should call MDPD at 305-471-TIPS.

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