MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A call to 9-1-1 is credited with helping Miami Beach police arrest a woman suspected in a deadly hit and run accident.
Early Monday morning Stefano Riccioletti, 49, was struck in front of the Shelborne Resort on Collins Avenue and 18th Street.
Jairo Fuentes witnessed the accident and immediately grabbed his cell phone and called for help.
“Someone just got hit by a car and the car kept going and the guy hit is laying on the concrete and is not moving,” Fuentes told the emergency operator.
Fuentes didn’t stop there however.
“I am actually following the car that just hit the man on Collins Avenue,” he told the 9-1-1 operator.
“Is this a the hit and run,” asked the operator.
“Yes, I’m following her rich (sic) now,” said Fuentes.
“You are following the subject,” asked the operator.
“Where are you now,” ask the operator.
“56th and Collins,” replied Fuentes.
Based on the Good Samaritan’s call, officers in the area were able to pull over Karlie Tomica, 20, who was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
“I can relate to it,” Fuentes told CBS4’s Cynthia Demos. “When you have kids you can relate. It’s a very sad story. It really hurt me when I saw him on the floor and I saw him trying to lift his head up. I was in shock. It made me very angry and she just kept going.”
Tomica bonded out of jail Monday night and refused to answer any questions from the media.
Fuentes said when things calmed down he looked into who the victim was and said that he as a father was devastated.
“When I went home I saw his wife’s picture and his kids,” he said. “And I was with my wife. I broke into tears. I feel really sorry for them. For someone to take somebody’s life like that, it’s just not fair.”
Lucy Martin, General Manager of the nearby Shore Club, said Riccioletti worked them as a chef.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He was a valued member of our team and will be greatly missed,” said Martin.
Police said Tomica may have been drinking before the accident so they are waiting on toxicology results. Tomica could be hit with DUI charges depending on those results.