Miami personal injury lawyer arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash
iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — A Miami personal injury lawyer was arrested on Tuesday and accused of fatally hitting a woman with his Mercedes-Benz and fleeing the scene, police said.
According to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV, Police said 65-year-old Marcos Gonzalez-Balboa, who owns a law firm in Miami Lakes, Florida, struck and killed Tatum Holloway, 26, at a crosswalk around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 7.
Gonzalez-Balboa faces charges of vehicular homicide, failure to stop at the scene of crash, DUI manslaughter, failure to render aid and tampering with evidence, court records show.
Holloway was on her way back from a nearby McDonald’s when a vehicle smashed into her, throwing her into the air, police said.
Police said Gonzalez-Balboa left her on the side of the road, where she lay until a passerby found her and called 911. Police said they found the silver Mercedes-Benz abandoned a day after the crash, but they had not been able to connect it to Gonzalez-Balboa.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of Holloway’s parents alleged that Gonzalez-Balboa had been driving recklessly when he failed to yield at the crosswalk. The lawsuit also alleged that Gonzalez-Balboa drove away without stopping to render aid or calling 911.
The Holloway family is seeking more than $15,000 to compensate for their grief and to pay for medical and funeral costs, according to the suit.
“It has been nearly four months since Tatum was struck and killed while walking alone at night in Miami Lakes, and since then the driver who killed her did everything possible to cover his tracks and hide,” David Bianchi, the family’s attorney, told WPLG-TV. “The fact that he is a lawyer makes this horrible tragedy all the more outrageous.”
Gonzalez-Balboa is currently being held at a Miami-Dade County jail on $150,000 bond, according to court records. It is not clear if he has obtained an attorney.
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