Police release details in fatal hit-and-run accident

A 20-year-old woman is accused of killing a South Beach chef in a drunk driving hit and run accident that occurred on Jan. 28. Court documents claim that the woman, who works as a bartender, drank heavily at work before climbing behind the wheel of her boyfriend’s Dodge Charger and plowing into the chef, who was on his way to work. The force of the collision was so substantial that his body was catapulted into the driveway of a nearby hotel. The woman then drove away from the scene without stopping.

An unidentified third party witnessed the fatal car accident and followed the Charger. A motion recently filed to increase the woman’s bond or revoke her bail alleges that she noticed the vehicle tailing her and took steps to elude the other vehicle, including U-turns, but the other driver managed to stay behind her until she arrived home and then called police to her residence.

Preliminary tests showed that the young woman’s blood alcohol level was at .225 percent, more than three times the legal limit for those of legal drinking age. The test was taken two and a half hours after the accident, and an additional test taken an hour later showed her blood alcohol level was still at .208 percent. The woman was originally released on $10,000 bond, but the recent motion, filed by prosecutors due to the recently released details of the hit-and-run, may increase it to $75,000 or revoke it altogether.

The victim’s family has sued the woman’s employer for negligently allowing the underage defendant to drink while on the job. If the restaurant is found to be liable, it could be ordered to pay the victim’s lost earning potential, funeral costs and any medical bills. As the deceased was also a father, the damages an experienced attorney can help the family recover compensation for could be substantial.

Source: 7 News, “More Disturbing details in chef’s fatal hit and run,” Feb. 15, 2013

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