What to Know
- The hit-and-run occurred in December in Miami Lakes.
- The person arrested in the case is a local lawyer.
The Miami-Dade Police Department said it has made an arrest in the December hit-and-run in Miami Lakes that killed a 26-year-old woman from Michigan by a driver in a silver Mercedes-Benz.
MDPD said it has arrested Hialeah resident Marcos A. Gonzalez-Balboa, whose charges include vehicular homicide, manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash, driving under the influence and failure to render aid.
The victim was identified as Tatum Holloway, a Michigan resident, according to police.
Gonzalez-Balboa, an attorney whose office is less than two miles away from the scene of the incident, was booked at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
"The victim was attempting to cross Fairway Drive walking from east to west in the designated crosswalk when a vehicle struck the victim," the MDPD said in a statement. "The victim was vaulted into the air and subsequently landed on the curb, on the west side of Fairway Drive."
An arrest warrant includes a receipt from Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables that shows Gonzalez-Balboa racked up nearly $300 in drink purchases the night of the crash.
Investigators say surveillance video from a parking garage captured him stumbling to his car. They also say he took steps to hide evidence of the crash by replacing the windshield on his car.
Gonzalez-Balboa, 65, appeared in court Wednesday where he was ordered held on $75,000 bond. A judge also said he won't be allowed to drink alcohol or drive a car.
"At this time he stands not guilty of these charges against him. He’s presumed innocent and we’re looking into this matter," his attorney, Miguel Del Aguila, told reporters after Wednesday's hearing. "It’s a very serious charge but at the end of the day we believe a jury will find him not guilty of the offense."
Records show Gonzalez-Balboa has had 22 traffic offenses including three DUIs in the past.
The Holloway family released a statement Tuesday through their attorney.
"For four months Tatum’s parents waited to learn what happened to their daughter and now they finally have some answers. The fact that he is a lawyer makes this horrible tragedy all the more outrageous," the statement read.