Jennifer Toth was arrested in Orlando, Florida after she allegedly hit pedestrian Liu Ye in a hit-and-run car accident. Ye was proounced dead at Dr. Phillips Hospital soon after the accident. Toth was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash with a death in connection with the accident. She was apprehended after she contacted authorities to file an accident report, according to reports. Toth was booked into Orange County Jail in Orlando, Florida, which she later left on $20,000 bail bond. It is not clear whether Toth has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to the car accident report, Ye was struck at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 near the intersection of Meadow Creek Drive and State Road 535 in Orlando, Florida. The site of the accident is near the south entrance to Walt Disney World, where Ye, a 22-year-old Chinese national, was working as a part of Disney’s International College program. The program enlists students from across the globe to work temporarily as cast members in Disney theme parks and is meant to foster international ties and provide real-world business experience, according to the program’s official site. A Disney representative said that Ye had been working in the Magic Kingdom section of Walt Disney World. Disney released a statement expressing condolences to Ye’s family.
The accident report indicates that Ye was crossing Meadow Creek Drive at a crosswalk when a black Nissan Ultima ran a red light and struck her. Witnesses reported that the driver of the Nissan kept going without slowing or stopping the vehicle. The report indicates that a few witnesses stopped their vehicles, called police, and tried to help Ye. She did not have identification on her at the time of the accident, but police were able to identify her afterwards, although it is unclear exactly how.
According to the affidavit, Toth was not aware that she had hit a person and instead believed she struck an animal or object. She told investigators that after the accident, she drove to a Texaco parking lot on Vineland Road, where she left the Altima and called a taxi to take her back to Waldorf Astoria Resort, where she was staying. Toth, who is from California, told officials that she often visits Orlando on business as a banker project manager.
On Wednesday morning, the day after the hit-and-run, Toth called Orlando police to report that she suspected that he had hit something the night before and wanted to file an accident report. Reports indicate that she told police that she thought she may have struck an animal. However, upon inspecting the vehicle, officials found that it matched witness descriptions of Ye’s hit-and-run vehicle and that the considerable damage was consistent with that crash that killed Ye. Toth was subsequently arrested in connection to the accident.
Police have indicated that they suspect that Toth may have been inebriated at the time of the crash, though they have not produced any evidence to substantiate this. Toth did not contact them until the following morning, at which point she showed no signs of alcohol consumption, and police did not conduct a blood alcohol content test on her.