Articles Tagged with fatal hit-and-run

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Angel-Cuesta-300x225Red South Beach Hotel front-desk clerk Angel Cuesta was arrested for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash that caused the death of a pedestrian in Miami Beach, Florida. Cuesta faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident involving a death. The press did not list an attorney for him.

According to the arrest report, the alleged crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday at 38th and Collins Avenue. Cuesta reportedly took a 2017 Chevrolet Cruz from the hotel’s valet station to buy a Red Bull at a Walgreens on 41st and Pine Tree Drive.

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Scott-Matesky-300x177Scott Matesky of Delray Beach, Florida died on Monday after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver last month, a family member told news sources.

According to the police report, Matesky, 39, was struck by a white Honda Civic as he was crossing West Atlantic Avenue near NW 10th Avenue on the morning of April 15.

Sources say he was waiting for a friend to pick him up and take him to a casino in Coconut Creek. It is unclear how long he lay on the roadway after the crash before he received help.

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Kaiser-Car-Accident-300x169Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County are the top three counties in Florida for hit-and-run car accidents, according to news sources. The overall number of hit-and-run car accidents has risen by over a 25% in the last three years. In 2016 alone, Palm Beach County reportedly experienced 7,694 hit-and-run car accidents, which caused 12 fatalities and 102 injuries.

Hit-and-run car accidents occur when a driver hits another vehicle or a pedestrian and fails to remain at the scene of the accident. The incident is considered a hit-and run crash even if the driver is apprehended or becomes incapacitated near the scene of the accident. While some hit-and-run accidents are truly an accident (a driver may not realize they hit someone), many involve drugs and alcohol. And the results are sobering: Sources indicate that 179 people died after being struck by hit-and-run drivers in Florida last year.

One such case occurred earlier this week, when Oscar Roberto Acevedo of Miami-Dade, Florida was arrested for a DUI accident that occurred last year. Although the case was not a hit-and-run, 29-year-old Acevedo allegedly crashed into a vehicle on Sawgrass Expressway. The crash killed Samuel Anthony Ruiz Jr. of Coral Springs and injured four others, sources report. It is not clear why it took a year for authorities to charge Acevedo, nor is it known whether he sustained injuries in the crash.Acevedo, 29, is now facing charges of DUI causing death, DUI causing serious bodily injury, and reckless driving. A bond of $99,000 has been set for him, and if he is released, he is not permitted to use drugs or drink alcohol while he awaits trial.
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11-11-16-Campbell-300x169Michael Powell of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver as he was crossing West Broward Boulevard on February 3.

According to the police report, Powell, 67, was crossing from north to south on West Broward Boulevard just before 6 a.m. on Friday when he was hit by a dark blue BMW sedan. The sedan was traveling west in the 1400 block of the boulevard when the incident happened. The driver drove off, failing to stop to seek help for the injured man.

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