A woman charged with leaving the scene of a crash with a death on Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale last month appeared in court Thursday, the first time she faced the deceased man’s widow.
She got a $70,000 bond and GPS monitoring. She also cannot leave Broward County.
Miguel Soler, 58, was with his wife visiting from New Jersey when he was hit after taking a photo on a bridge. The driver hit Soler and kept going, police said. Authorities later found the SUV.
NBC 6 investigator Willard Shepard was the first to report that Regina Ann Goodrich, 25, was being charged.
Soler’s wife travelled from New Jersey to see the woman who prosecutors say hit her husband.
A surveillance video played in court showed the time the man was hit, and prosecutors played Instagram videos that they said show Goodrich drinking before Soler was killed.
Before the hearing, Vivian Soler, Miguel's wife, said "It's hard to wakeup everyday and think what kind of food he likes or smell the perfume he use to wear and see the UPS trucks."
In court, Soler said she was there representing her husband and 13-year-old son, who was with his parents at the time of the incident.
Rob Pelier, the family's attorney, said that Goodrich's actions "are inexcusable, irresponsible and showed a grotesque disregard for human life."
Goodrich entered a not guilty plea during the hearing.
"I want justice," Soler said.