Alana Mary Richter of Davie, Florida has turned herself in after being accused of causing a fatal hit-and-run crash that ended the life of pedestrian Leonel Dorta. Richter, 42, faces charges for leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and failing to report the incident to police. Broward Judge Raag Singhal ordered Richter to be taken into custody, but she was later released on bond because of her late-stage pregnancy.
According to Davie police reports, the fatal hit-and-run occurred on October 11 last year. Richter was driving her 2014 Ford Explorer south on State Road 84 at around 1 a.m. when she purportedly struck Dorta, 25, who was on foot.
A man identified as Claude Hanlan claims to have witnessed the accident. He purportedly told investigators that Richter immediately fled the scene. Hanlan was not alone in his vehicle, and he reportedly left his passengers at the scene to try and help Dorta before following Richter all the way to the gated community where she lives and confronting her at the entrance. She purportedly told him she would “never do such a thing.”
The police report states that Hanlan, his passengers, the guard at the entrance of Richter’s gated community, and the surveillance cameras at the gate all prove Richter drove home after the fatal accident. When police arrived at Richter’s home, they found her damaged vehicle parked outside, but Richter did not respond to knocks at her door. After repeated phone calls and text messages, police claim she later replied to their inquiries by sending a text saying she was “waiting for our lawyer.”
According to investigators, Richter’s phone records allegedly show that she made no calls to police or rescue services even hours after the hit-and-run, thus failing to report an accident after striking a pedestrian. The day after the accident, the witness, Hanlan reported to Davie Police Department where he positively identified Richter from a photographic lineup.
During her first hearing on Tuesday, Dorta’s father, Leonel Dorta Sr., told Judge Singhal he did not believe that Richter was unaware of the accident. He reportedly asked how could she not know that she had hit a “6-foot-3, 265-pound” man. News sources could not reach Richter or the Dorta family for comment.
Source: 6.1.16 Richter Hit-and-Run.pdf