Kyle Christopher Hannover of Dania Beach, Florida was arrested last Thursday for a fatal hit-and-run that ended the life of 81-year-old Luis Angel Dominguez of Pembroke Pines. Hannover, 26, faces manslaughter charges and is being held without bond. The press did not specify an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the fatal hit-and-run took place on the night of April 13 at Everglades Holiday Park. Witnesses at the scene claim Hannover and Dominguez got into a heated argument for unspecified reasons. Hannover loudly told the older man to “get out of his country,” sources allege. Witnesses also claim Hannover appeared to be intoxicated during the argument, but the police report did not confirm that allegation.
To end the confrontation, Dominguez got into his Mitsubishi SUV, sources say. However, before he could drive off, Hannover purportedly threw a rock at Dominguez’s vehicle. Dominguez got out of the SUV and walked towards Hannover after this occurred, sources say. Hannover then allegedly got inside his pickup truck, started it, and deliberately ran over Dominguez.
A spokeswoman for Broward Sheriff’s Office told news sources that Dominguez was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The Cuban native was a retired heavy equipment operator with four grandchildren.
Surveillance footage from the park shows a Ford pickup running over a large object. The sheriff’s office released footage of the truck with hopes of identifying its owner. It was later discovered to belong to Mark Farrugia, a friend of Hannover’s who had gone to the park with him on the date of the incident.
Farrugia informed the Fort Lauderdale police as soon as he saw news reports of the incident featuring his truck, sources say. He told police that he allegedly met Hannover at the park at about midday, but that he left by 6:15 p.m. He also told police he purportedly saw Hannover arguing with someone. The arrest report claims Hannover called Farrugia after the incident to tell him about the incident.
When police detectives went to question Hannover at his Dania Beach home the next day, they found him cleaning the white pickup truck with a water hose. Both the truck and Hannover’s home were quarantined until police obtained search warrants.
Hannover told police he feared Dominguez had entered his car in order to retrieve a firearm. He reportedly told police that he did not purposely run over the victim. Hannover claims to have been backing out of the parking lot without looking back when the fatal accident occurred, sources say.