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Elia Soto was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly causing a hit-and-run crash that severely injured Miami Beach defense lawyer Naphtali Hertz Wacks.

Soto, 44, is being charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury. He is being held in lieu of a $30,000 bond and must remain on house arrest with a GPS monitor if he is able to post bail. News sources did not name an attorney for Soto.

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Florida Highway Patrol Trooper David Casillas was arrested on February 28 for allegedly helping his friend Jesus Del Valle hide a hit-and-run crash that severely injured gardener Yoel Montero. Casillas, 35, faces charges for official misconduct, filing a false insurance claim, and organized fraud.

According to the arrest report, the alleged hit-and-run crash occurred on June 30 last year. A SUV sideswiped a gardening crew that was working on 62nd Street in Miami Beach and severely injured Montero, who was working there at the time. He suffered a serious head injury and acutely damaged his right leg. Witnesses identified the SUV as a 2015 Range Rover.

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Broward 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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Michael 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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A Lauderhill mother and her two children had to be hospitalized with serious injuries after a hit-and-run driver pushed them off the road and caused them to crash into a tree. The names of the woman, 35, and her two kids (aged 4 and 8) have not yet been released.

According to Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue, the crash took place near Pine Island Road and Commercial Boulevard a little before 11 a.m. on January 14. The woman was driving a BMW when a dark-colored vehicle police described as a “multi-seat, limousine-style bus” purportedly performed an illegal U-turn in front of her. This forced her to swerve out of the way and crash into a tree, sources allege.

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