Leiva, 40, was charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a deadly crash, vehicular homicide, and driving with a suspended license. He was ordered held on $66,500 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to Hialeah police, the alleged incident occurred in the 500 block of East 41st Street at around 7:40 p.m. Monday. The driver responsible for the crash was reportedly speeding in a 2009 Toyota Camry in the southbound lanes of East 5th Avenue. When he reached the intersection at East 41st Street, he reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a 2007 Dodge Durango.
There were two people inside the Durango: a 63-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was flown to Ryder Trauma Center for treatment for unspecified injuries. Their identities have not yet been released.
After the crash, the driver purportedly exited his car and fled the scene on foot. Surveillance footage from the parking lot of a nearby restaurant shows the man walking behind the restaurant. The video shows him getting arrested by police shortly afterward.
The driver was identified by Hialeah police as Leiva. The officers who took him into custody noted detecting a strong odor of alcohol. Police also claim to have found several beer cans in his vehicle, some of which were allegedly empty.
Records reportedly show that Leiva is a habitual traffic offender. He has two prior DUI convictions, and his driver’s license has been suspended at least four times.
DUI car crashes are not uncommon in South Florida. Earlier this week, the Florida Highway Patrol executed a search warrant for the medical records of Elic Eliaquin Zamora Espino of Palm Springs after he allegedly caused a DUI car crash in West Palm Beach that killed Carlos Garcia Mendez.
According to the warrant, the alleged crash occurred just south of Forest Hill Boulevard on June 15. Zamora Espino, 30, was reportedly driving a Ford Explorer with two passengers along the northbound lanes of I-95 when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete wall barrier. The impact threw Mendez, who was in the back seat, out of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other passenger, identified as Nery Lopez Perez, told investigators that Zamora Espino “was drunk” and speeding when the crash occurred.
Zamora Espino suffered “incapacitating” injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he allegedly agreed to a blood-alcohol test. The results reportedly showed that his BAC was .27, which is more than three times the legal limit in Florida.
Zamora Espino has not yet been arrested, but investigators are looking into whether DUI manslaughter charges are warranted.
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