For Diana Romero, a routine trip to pick up her 15-year-old old son after a party turned into every parent's nightmare.
As she and her husband, Elman Castro, approached the designated meeting place at the intersection of West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 27th Avenue early Sunday, she saw the flashing lights of police cars.
"At first it never crossed my mind that it could be him," said Romero. "But when I didn't see any cars in the street, I knew."
Justin Flowers, a freshman at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, was struck by a car at 1:06 a.m. as he tried to cross the westbound lanes of West Broward Boulevard, according to Fort Lauderdale police. He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died, police said.
On Monday, police continued to hunt for the driver of an older model, dark-colored Jeep Cherokee who fled west on West Broward Boulevard and then made a turn north onto State Road 7, police said.
Romero said that her son had attended a nearby party with his brother, Tyler Flowers, 17. They were to meet Romero and Castro behind the Checkers restaurant on the northwest corner of the intersection.
Tyler made his way across the street, but Justin stopped in the median just before he was hit, Romero said.
"When I got there Tyler had blood on his shirt, blood everywhere, from the impact," said Romero, 42, of Pompano Beach. "He is in shock."
Romero said she and Castro followed the ambulance to the hospital. But she never saw her son again.
On Sunday night, family and friends of the teen gathered near the corner for a candlelight memorial.
Justin Flowers loved basketball and youth activities at the family's church, Amor Viviente Broward in North Lauderdale. He was learning to play drums so he could join the church band, his mother said.
"He was a great guy. He did everything he could to protect us," said sister Diana Castro, 12. She said her brother's career plans included becoming a singer or possibly a soldier.
Romero pleaded for the hit-and-run driver to surrender to police. "I hope this person would accept responsibility," she said. "Whether he was drunk or not, he knows he hit someone.
"Maybe it wasn't intentional. But he has to pay for what he did."
Fort Lauderdale police ask anyone with information to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Cheri Creque at 954-828-5825.