Hit-and-run suspect appears in court

Serdarus Scott has lengthy traffic violations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The man accused of hitting and killing a 2-year-old girl made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Investigators were looking for Serdarus Scott since the accident happened Sunday evening.

Investigators said Monday morning, they found the Scott's vehicle at Leigh Meadows Apartments. Monday night, they found Scott at the Royal Estates Apartments in Arlington and brought him in to be interviewed by traffic homicide detectives.

"The baby was trying to run across the street to her sister, and he hit that baby, and when he hit that baby he got out the car, and looked at the baby with no sympathy, and he got back in the car, drove around the sidewalk to avoid her body, like she was {expetive} roadkill," said an eyewitness of the hit-and-run.

Investigators said Scott was driving through the Harold House Apartments and stopped to talk to someone. They said the toddler walked in front of his vehicle and Scott hit her when he accelerated.

Police say Scott then got out of the car, his passenger got in the driver seat and drove away. Scott got back in the car before they both left the complex.

Scott's driving record is a lengthy one. He was cited for driving with a suspended license in 2003, 2008, 2009 and twice in 2010.

Former prosecutor, now private attorney, Mitch Stone, said it doesn't look like he has a violent past, just failed to pay fines which resulted in a suspended license.

"Just not addressing financial requirements, maybe not paying in time. Gets suspension then gets another charge because he didn't pay the ticket and it continues to snowball until he gets five year additional traffic offender," said Stone.

In front of Janya's apartment where she was killed, lies a memorial for the toddler whose life was cut short.

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