Gerard Baldie of Fort Lauderdale, Florida surrendered to police Thursday to face DUI hit-and-run charges for his alleged involvement in a car crash that killed Steven Olivert and Danielle Baldwin two years ago.
Baldie is charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He was ordered held on $153,000 bond. He must remain under house arrest in Broward County if he posts bail. He must also undergo psychological screening. The press did not name an attorney for Baldie.
According to the arrest report, the alleged car crash occurred on April 29, 2016 at the intersection of East Oakland Park Boulevard and North Federal Highway. Olivert and Baldwin, who were celebrating their 12th anniversary, were driving a green Nissan when a black Kia rear-ended them. The impact caused the Nissan to crash into another vehicle, and the Kia hit two other vehicles, authorities said.
Olivert and Baldwin were taken to a hospital with severe injuries. Olivert died at the hospital, and Baldwin was taken off life support a few days later.
Baldie, who had reportedly smoked marijuana before the crash, fled the scene, authorities said. It is unclear why it took authorities almost two years to charge him for his alleged involvement in the crash.
Another DUI hit-and-run was reported in Hialeah last week. Personal injury attorney Marcos Gonzalez-Balboa surrendered to authorities on March 29 for his alleged involvement in the hit-and-run crash that led to the death of Tatum Holloway.
Gonzalez-Balboa, 65, is charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. He was ordered held on $75,000 bond. It is unclear if he has hired an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the alleged crash occurred during the early hours of December 6, 2017 on Fairway Drive. Holloway was on a crosswalk when a Mercedes Benz struck her, throwing her several feet into the air. She ended up next to a storm drain.
The driver of the Mercedes did not stop to render aid. A passerby found Holloway and alerted authorities. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Evidence collected by police and the FBI determined that Gonzalez-Balboa was the driver of the Mercedes that killed Holloway. Investigators found a piece of a front bumper at the crash scene, and it reportedly matches Gonzalez-Balboa’s vehicle. The FBI determined that Gonzalez-Balboa was in the area of the time of the crash by tracking his cell phone activity.