Plea Deal Reached For Former Model Accused Of Killing UM Student
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A former model accused of leaving the scene after a hit-and-run accident killed a UM student will stay out of jail due to a plea deal reached Friday.
Valentina Hubsch took a plea on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
The terms of her agreement include 18-months probation with the first 60 days on house arrest. After the first 60 days, she can only travel to work, church, the doctor and the grocery store. She must also serve 250 community service hours including speaking to students about the consequences of leaving the scene of an accident.
It was Nov. 13, 2010 when Hubsch was driving north on Red Road and hit 21-year-old UM student Paul Jones.
Jones was running through traffic on Red Road near 45th Street. Friends say he had taken LSD, and multiple 911 calls report seeing a crazy man “in the middle of the road trying to get people to run him over,” according to a report from the state prosecutor.
After she hit Jones, Hubsch briefly pulled over, but didn’t get out of her car. She drove home and didn’t call 911.
The following day, she contacted the Coral Gables Police Department through her lawyer, Albert Levin, to turn herself in.
Jones died from his injuries 10 days later.
Leaving the scene of an accident with a death carries a minimum mandatory sentence that includes jail time. After investigating the facts of the case, state prosecutors determined that they couldn’t prove that Hubsch knew she had hit a person, and reduced the charge to leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.