Henry A. Paz of Hialeah, Florida allegedly crashed his car into a bus bench, injuring Jonathan Manuel Cordero and killing another man, before fleeing the scene this weekend, news sources report. Cordero, 24, sustained critical injuries and had to have both his legs amputated but is expected to survive. Information regarding the other victim’s identity was not available; he is reportedly in his 50s. Paz was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries and leaving the scene of a crash with a death. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond . The press did not specify an attorney for Paz. It is similarly unclear whether the Cordero or the family of the deceased will file for damages>.
According to reports, the incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. at a bust stop near the corner of West 16th Avenue and 49th Street in Hialeah. Cordero and the other victim were at the bus stop when Paz lost control of his 2007 Toyota Camry and crashed into the bus stop, hitting bot the victims. The impact reportedly killed the unnamed victim and injured both of Cordero’s legs so badly that they had to be amputated. Cordero was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center; he is in critical but stable condition, sources indicate.
Following the crash, Paz allegedly fled the scene; it is not clear whether he was injured. Witnesses gave a detailed description of the car to police officers, and an officer later spotted a vehicle matching the description on the bed of a nearby tow truck. The officer stopped the truck and placed Paz, who was apparently still in the vicinity, under arrest. Detectives have since seized Paz’s vehicle as part of the investigation.
“There were plenty of witnesses that were outside that saw what happened. So right now we’re in the process of interviewing those people as quickly as possible so we can gather the information,” a police officer reportedly said. Police are currently conducting an investigation; additional charges may be pending, reports indicate.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are a routine occurrence in South Florida. Jonathan Eismann of Miami-Dade County was apprehended after he was allegedly struck and killed 29-year-old pedestrian Juan Carlos Ruiz in a hit-and-run crash, sources say. Eismann, 51, was booked into police custody on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and vehicular homicide in a reckless manner. His bail was set at $16,000. It is unclear whether he hired legal representation, nor is it known whether Ruiz’s family will file for damages>.
Sources say the crash happened around 8:47 a.m. on October 10, 2012. Eismann’s Ford Explorer was allegedly involved in a crash with a Nissan Sentra at the intersection of Northwest 1st Terrace and 72nd Avenue earlier that morning. Eismann attempted to leave the scene of the crash, but as he did, he reportedly lost control of his SUV at the intersection of Northwest 3rd Street and 72nd Avenue. Eismann’s SUV went onto the sidewalk and fatally hit Ruiz before crashing into a nearby light pole, reports say.
Source: 7.23.13 Paz Hit-and-Run.pdf