Miami-Dade Commission to Vote on Increasing Hit-and-Run Penalties

The item would impose a minimum ten year sentence to divers who cause the death of a person in a hit-and-run accident.

By Maria Camila Bernal
|  Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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Victim of Miami-Dade Hit-and-Run Crash Dies at Hospital

Police said Monday that Melita Jaric, who had been on life support after she was struck in a hit-and-run on Friday, has died. Natasha Jaric spoke about losing her sister. Neighbor Lee Feinberg said that a call for help was bounced around five to six times on 911, but the 911 audio provided to NBC 6 didn't indicate that the call was transferred. Police said that if something like that had occurred it would be part of their investigation, but it has not come up. Miami-Dade Police spokesman Detective Javier Baez also discussed the case.

Cyclist in Rickenbacker Hit and Run Dies, Driver Arrested

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Miami-Dade Commissioners will vote Tuesday on a resolution that would increase the penalty of hit-and-run drivers.

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The item would impose a minimum seven-year sentence for drivers who leave the scene of a crash involving an injury and a 10-year sentence when the diver is under the influence or causes the death of a person in the accident.

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The vote was proposed by Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, and highlights the current Florida statues that do not impose a mandatory minimum jail time to the drivers who are found guilty of leaving the scene of a crash.

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The proposed item gives various examples including Michele Traverso, who was sentenced to 364 days in prison and two years of community control for leaving the scene of a crash that killed cyclist Aaron Cohen and injured cyclist Enda Welsh.

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The proposed vote would also eliminate probation, as an alternative to jail for hit-and-run drivers.
 

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