Broward News

Motorcyclist Hit, Left to Burn to Death in Hollywood

Jason Swanson was found in the middle of the street on 56th avenue, his body was on fire. Pieces of a vehicle were strewn across the road not far from where he lay. The Hollywood Police officers responding to the scene tried to extinguish the flames from Swanson’s body, and administered aid. By the time Hollywood Fire Rescue arrived, it was too late. Swanson, 31, was dead.

According to Hollywood Police, Swanson was allegedly the victim of a heinous hit-and-run.

A report from Hollywood PD says that Swanson had been riding his motorcycle Sunday evening, traveling southbound on 56th and Washington Street, just north of Hollywood Blvd., when he collided with a dark-colored Ford Explorer.

Swanson was thrown from his bike, and the Explorer came to a halt. The driver of the Explorer, a woman, stepped out her vehicle and walked over to Swanson. She looked at him laying on the ground, got back into the Explorer and took off without helping him, witnesses on the scene say.

Hollywood Police received a call about the accident at around 8:15 and found Swanson on fire laying in the southbound lane.

Now Hollywood Police are asking for the public’s help to track down the woman. According to witnesses, the woman was driving a 1987-2010 dark colored Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The woman also apparently had a kid in the Explorer with her, between the ages of 8-12.

Police say they found pieces of the Explorer in the street, which means the vehicle has damage to the running boards either on the passenger side, or driver’s side.

Hollywood Police are asking anyone with information to call Traffic Sergeant Paul Scheel at 954-967-4577. 

A $3,000 reward is being offered by Broward Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the hit-and-run suspect. Broward Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 954-493-TIPS.

Hit and Run - Hollywood by Chris Joseph