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Miami Woman Charged After Crashing Into Insurance Office

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Liana Echavarria Sotolongo (Source: Miami-Dade Police)

Liana Echavarria Sotolongo (Source: Miami-Dade Police)

South Florida Crime

MIAMI (CBS4) – The driver of a car which slammed into a West Kendall insurance agency over the weekend has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

The crash happened Saturday morning when 46-year old Liana Echavarria Stotolongo reportedly lost control of the car she was driving and slammed into the front entrance of the office on SW 72nd Street.

“She jumped the curb, hit the vehicle parked here, she came directly through my front door and my side glass window and she drove about 10 feet inside,” said business owner Jaime Ordoñez.

Ordoñez owns Eastern United Insurance of Lago Mar in West Kendall. He’s been in business since 2003.
He says he got a call around 11 a.m. Saturday from his security company that something was wrong at his business.

He wasn’t there at the time. The office is usually open on Saturday, but Ordoñez chose to close it this weekend to spend the Father’s Day holiday with his wife and three young sons.

“Thank god he decided to take the day off today of all days and he wasn’t here,” his wife, Jackie Ordoñez, explained.

Other business in the shopping plaza were open at the time, including the Dollar Tree next door.

“I was sitting in my office when I heard a loud boom,” Dollar Tree manager Pat Ross said.

He said he was outside in moments, but the driver had already left the scene.  She turned herself in to police Saturday evening.

Ordoñez says repairs will run him about $8,000, not including the cost of lost business.

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