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Man Involved In Deadly Hit & Run Crash Goes Before Judge

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Video shows the moments leading up to a deadly crash in Miami. After the crash, police say the man responsible took off but was caught a short time later.

Just before the crash, video shows an SUV speed through the intersection of NW 57th Avenue and 7th street headed straight for a car making a left turn. The SUV hit the car with such force it killed Tony Rodriguez Alvarez, 29.

Police say Alexei Gonzalez, 36, was behind the wheel of that SUV. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Prosecutors asked for a 100,000 bond in court. They also asked that he be kept on house arrest and not be allowed to drive, operate a boat, or drink alcohol.

“The state is asking for that because the defendant’s blood alcohol content was so high. There is video evidence of him running the red light which is what caused crash that led to victim’s death,” said a prosecutor in court Monday morning.

After the crash police say Gonzalez left his damaged SUV on the road, fled from the accident scene and even tried to get in another driver’s car to get away, but witnesses pointed him out to police and he was caught. Police could be seen administering a number of sobriety tests. According to arresting documents a breathalyzer measured .12 – well over the legal limit.

At Gonzalez’s home, a family member said she didn’t know anything about the crash, but described him as a hard working man.

The impact from the accident could be heard for blocks. Paul Jones was getting ready for Sunday morning church services when he heard the crash.

“I was unlocking the back door of the church and I heard the screech crash. I thought it was closer. I went out real quick to look at Flagler Street, back of the church, looked both ways. Everything was fine so I continued to call it in because somebody’s gonna need some help,” said Jones.

By the time rescue crews arrived Tony Rodriguez Alvarez was dead. Friends told CBS4’s Maggie Newland they remembered him as a hard worker who, gave great advice, dearly loved his family and always had a huge smile on his face.

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