Fugitive accused in deadly Florida accident

A 38-year-old man was detained with no bond on Sept. 23 after he was charged for his alleged involvement in a deadly hit-and-run wreck in Miami-Dade County. In addition, the subject had a warrant out for his arrest from Georgia for trafficking drugs. Charges stemming from the Sept. 16 accident include vehicular homicide, fleeing the scene of an accident with death, fleeing the scene of an accident with injuries, fleeing the scene of an accident with property damage and other charges.

The car accident claimed the life of a woman, the car’s passenger, while the female driver, 56, was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, including a broken collarbone, where she was listed in critical condition. He was driving a 2002 GMC Yukon when he allegedly plowed through a stop sign and T-boned a 2006 Ford Taurus on the passenger side.

The man allegedly admitted his involvement in the accident in recorded calls and text messages from the jail. He suffered a black eye and a broken jaw, but it was unclear how he was injured. Local and federal authorities cooperated to bring the man to justice in the case. He and an unknown subject fled the scene on foot.

According to a prosecutor, the subject has a lengthy criminal history that spans at least a decade. He served more than 10 years in custody for drug trafficking followed by five years of supervised release. Prosecutors say that he violated the conditions of supervised release and represents a danger to public safety. The judge ruled to hold him with no bond.

After someone is killed in an accident due to the reckless actions of another person, the family members might want to pursue legal action against the subject. A personal injury lawyer might be able to help clients file a civil lawsuit.

Source: NBC 6, “Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run West Perrine Crash Admitted to Driving Vehicle Involved in Phone Calls to Georgia Jail: Police“, Edward B. Colby and Justin Finch, September 26, 2013