Hotel Worker Took Car From Valet Before Fatal Miami Beach Hit and Run: Police

A man accused of a fatal hit-and-run on Miami Beach was working at a hotel and took a car from the valet to get a drink when he struck and killed a woman, according to an arrest report released Monday.

Angel Cuesta, 31, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death in the Sunday morning incident, Miami Beach police said.

The fatal crash happened around 3:30 a.m. near 38th Street and Collins Avenue, police said. The victim's name hasn't been released.

According to the arrest report, Cuesta was working the front desk of the Red Hotel on Collins Avenue when he grabbed keys to a 2017 Chevrolet Cruz parked right outside the hotel from the valet cabinet. He told officers he was thirsty and wanted to grab a Red Bull from Walgreens, the report said.

That's when he fatally stuck a woman and kept right on driving, police said. One witness was a cab driver who made a split second decision to run after the car Cuesta was driving.

"I tried to follow him and say 'come on, are you going to stop?'" Joseph Deceus said.

"She was pretty bad, non-coherent," witness Alfredo Cano said of the victim, who was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where she later died.

Investigators say Cuesta tried to hide the car he was driving but it was discovered by traffic homicide detectives at a gated Parking garage on Indian Creek Drive. The car had a broken windshield and extensive front end damage.

Cuesta has been released on bond. Attorney information wasn't immediately available.

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