By Brian Biggane

Long after being identified by authorities, the driver of the car involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in South Palm Beach was booked into the Palm Beach County jail Tuesday morning.

12428549859?profile=RESIZE_180x180Amneris Ramos, 43, of Boynton Beach was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving the death of another, tampering with physical evidence and driving with license under suspension.

A Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office investigation determined South Palm Beach resident Hatixhe Laiqi, 73, was crossing State Road A1A around dusk on Nov. 10 when Ramos, driving a 2016 or 2017 GMC Terrain in the northbound lane, crashed into her. Ramos fled the scene but was identified within days.

Laiqi was pronounced dead at the scene, just north of the Barclay condominium where she lived, and the incident resonated with residents, who packed a meeting with a Florida Department of Transportation engineer two months later. The speed limit has since been lowered in the town from 35 mph to 30 mph and several signs have been erected urging drivers to be careful and share the road.

Efforts to install a crosswalk at the south end of town are ongoing.

 

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