Miami-Dade Police said when investigators arrived at the home of 19-year-old Marcus Pradere on Wednesday evening, Pradere’s father greeted them with “I know exactly why you are here. Come in. My son was very scared.
Now Pradere has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with physical evidence. His bond was set at $ 15,000.
Pradere is accused of killing Rolando Rodriguez, 38, near the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and Southwest 296th Street, about 3.5 miles from Pradere’s home. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue declared Rodriguez dead when they arrived at the crash site.
An arrest report says Pradere admitted to crashing into Rodriguez, who was riding an electric scooter while standing, and then leaving him behind around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say they found Pradere’s red 2012 Honda in their garage with a gray blanket thrown over it to cover the damage.
In the nearly 30 months between November 25, 2018 and May 5, Pradere received five tickets. He paid a $ 488.10 fine after convictions for reckless driving, failure to use a designated lane, and improper lane change in 2018 and 2019.
His 2021 tickets for improper U-turn and speeding (73 mph in a 45 mph zone) are still pending in traffic court.
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