Maydelis Pulido of Hialeah, Florida was arrested on October 11 for allegedly hitting an elderly man and leaving the scene without stopping to administer aid or call for help. The elderly man, who has been identified as 79-year-old Orlando Quiala of Miami Beach, died at a nearby hospital.
Pulido, 23, is currently charged with one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. She is being held on $10,000 bond at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. More charges are expected to be filed. The press did not name an attorney for Pulido.
According to the police report, Pulido was driving a stolen 2007 Toyota Camry in Hialeah, though it is unclear where she acquired the stolen vehicle. Pulido allegedly made a left turn off East 4th Avenue onto East 17th Street and she struck Quiala as he was crossing the street. Pulido reportedly sped away, leaving Quaila on the street critically injured. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died.
“After working diligently day and night, following every lead possible, detectives were able to catch up with Pulido, taking her into custody,” Hialeah police said in a news release, according to WPLG Local10. “Once again we commend the tenacity and devotion our detectives have to our community.”
Investigators said an anonymous tip that was corroborated by a confidential informant led them to Pulido and the stolen vehicle. Pulido doesn’t have any prior convictions, but records show she has been issued four tickets in the past. She has also paid $358 in fines and court costs for a petit theft charge in 2016.
Hit-and-run offenses can carry severe penalties. Another such case was reported in Miami Beach this June. Latravia Chantae Reed of Doral, Florida was arrested for her alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash that caused the death of a tourist identified as Steven Beech of California.
Reed, 33, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, first-degree murder, strong arm robbery, and credit card fraud involving more than $100. She was ordered held without bond at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available.
According to the arrest report, the alleged incident occurred on May 26 at 20th Street and Liberty Avenue in Miami Beach. Reed reportedly met Beech at a bar on 21st Street and left with him to buy drugs at 14th Street and Washington Avenue.
The pair were unable to buy drugs, the report said. They left the area and drove to the Rivera Hotel in Reed’s vehicle. It is unclear why they went to the hotel, but Reed pulled up near the valet stand. As Beech exited the vehicle, Reed reportedly tried to drive away without him.
Court records state that Reed had Beech’s money and credit cards, so she decided to leave. Beech attempted to stop Reed from driving away by putting his hands on the hood of the vehicle, but Reed purportedly sped away with him on top of the car. Beech fell off the hood and suffered a severe head injury. He died two days later.
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