Elvis Fredy Espinoza-Garcia, a Hollywood, Florida landscaper, was arrested for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run death that occurred six months ago on the night of September 7. According to court records, Garcia, 33, is charged with driving without a valid license and failing to remain at the scene of a fatal crash. He is being held in lieu of a $35.025 bail bond. News reports did not specify whether Garcia had hired an attorney.
According to the police report, Garcia and his coworker, a man he identified as Francisco Perez Maldonado during his first-appearance court hearing last Thursday, were drinking at around 10 p.m. at 5900 Pierce Street. Garcia and Maldonado allegedly had an argument that lead to a fight. A third unidentified man reportedly came to the scene wielding a machete after he heard Maldonado’s calls for help.
Fearing for his safety, Garcia got into his black 1984 GMC pickup and tried to drive away, but Maldonado refused to let Garcia get away. Maldonado allegedly jumped on the driver’s side of the moving vehicle and hung on for one block while trying to reach into the vehicle to choke Garcia.
Garcia purportedly told investigators that Maldonado got hold of the steering wheel and caused the pickup to swerve across Pierce Street and into oncoming traffic before hitting a concrete mailbox, a wooden utility pole, and a tree. As the car swerved across the street, Maldonado lost his grip, fell from the vehicle and under the rear wheels. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he died on September 12.
After the crash, Garcia allegedly got out and ran from the scene, but he purportedly went to the Hollywood Police Department around eight hours later. When questioned about his decision to run away, Garcia reportedly told police that he ran because he was afraid the unidentified machete-wielding man was still after him.
The police report states that Garcia allegedly called his wife–the vehicle’s registered owner–after the crash and asked her to report the vehicle as stolen. Garcia’s arrest records show he has two previous DUI convictions and one conviction for driving without a license.
Source: 3.10.16 Garcia Hit-and-Run.pdf