Chef Jonathan Eismann Taken Into Custody for Fatal October Hit-and-Run

Police say Eismann was fleeing the scene of a crash when he struck and killed a pedestrian.

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    Police said chef Jonathan Eismann was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer that hit a vehicle Wednesday morning, fled the scene, and then lost control and struck and killed 29-year-old pedestrian Juan Carlos Ruiz.

    A prominent South Florida chef has been arrested in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian last year.

    Jonathan Eismann, 52, was taken into custody Saturday night on charges of vehicular homicide and $16,000 in property damage for the October 2012 crash.

    Police said Eismann, driving a Ford Explorer, crashed into a Nissan Sentra at the intersection of 1st Terrace and Northwest 72nd Avenue on October 10th. Eismann attempted to flee from the scene, but lost control and hit pedestrian Juan Carlos Ruiz, 29, according to investigators.

    Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Candles, Prayers at Vigil for Jean Carlos Ruiz

    [MI] Candles, Prayers at Vigil for Jean Carlos Ruiz
    Prayers were made by candlelight for Jean Carlos Ruiz Wednesday night. The 29-year-old was struck and killed by an SUV as he stood on the sidewalk outside his home last week. On Wednesday his wife, Celia, and one-year-old daughter, Kaylee, gathered with a tearful crowd of family and friends to remember Ruiz. He was loved, because he brought love to Earth, all the time. No matter what, his friend Joseph Ochoa said. Authorities say that famed Miami Beach chef turned Realtor Jonathan Eismann was behind the wheel of the Ford Explorer that fatally struck Ruiz. Eismann was fleeing the scene of an accident seconds before his vehicle ran over Ruiz and collided with a lightpole, according to Miami Police.

    Jail records show Eismann is no longer in custody. It is unclear what his bond was set to.

    Father Bernard Eismann said the family declined to comment on the situation.

    Stay with and NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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