Miami, Fla. (WTXF) - A Temple University student was shot and killed by police in Miami this weekend.
According to the Miami Beach Police Department, 22-year-old Cariann Denise Hithon, of Bowie, Maryland, was driving a black BMW vehicle Sunday evening when it crashed into another vehicle on 12th Street and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. Investigators said Hithon fled the scene afterwards and hit another vehicle on Lincoln Drive. She then fled from this accident and struck a uniformed police officer, causing the officer to be thrown in the air.
Police said another officer at the scene fired his service weapon multiple times, hitting Hithon. She continued to travel on 12th Street after the shooting and came to a complete stop after hitting another parked vehicle.
Hithon was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries. The injured officer was also transported to the hospital and was in stable condition, and has since been released from the hospital.
A passenger in Hithon’s car was detained by police for questioning, according to police.
“Why the BMW was traveling at some rate of speed through a red light, we don’t have an answer to that question right now,” Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates said.
The university released a statement saying they send thoughts and prayers to Cariann's friends and family.
Cariann's father says she was in Miami celebrating her birthday. Cariann was a transfer student majoring in political science. He says she wanted to be a lawyer.
According to Hithon's Linkedin profile, she was also studying African and Greek Philosophy. Her profile shows that she participated in a summer legal internship in Prince George's County and that she attended Hampton University from 2013 to earlier this year.