MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami police have made an arrest in connection to a hit and run crash that killed a man who was riding a scooter.

According to police, 37-year-old Francisco Carone was taken into custody shortly after the crash on August 7 but he hasn’t been charged with the crash.

Police say Julian Sotolongo, 65 was an Uber Eats deliveryman riding his scooter through the intersection of SW 17 Avenue and 5th Street at 12:30 a.m. when someone in a car struck him and kept on driving.

His daughter Elizabeth Sotolongo said he was going to stop in December on his 66th birthday.

“It was such a close time. He was going to not be doing this anymore because it’s dangerous to do on a scooter, but he loved that scooter,” said Elizabeth. “All I can hope is he didn’t feel anything when it happened.”

Elizabeth said the father of two was hard working and always put his children first.

Julian Sotolongo (Photo courtesy: Elizabeth Sotolongo)

“He was all about good morals and doing the right thing,” said Elizabeth. “He was such a good family man with such a good heart and the best father.”

A half hour after the crash, a vehicle matching the description was located at SW 12 Avenue and 8th Street. Witnesses led police to two men seen leaving that vehicle.

One of them was Carone who, when questioned by police, gave them a false name, a false date of birth and claimed he’s never had a driver’s license, according to police.

However, a records check showed that was not the truth. Police say he admitted to lying about his identity, claiming to be his brother.

Carone was booked into jail. He appeared in bond court Friday. The judge ruled no bond on a previous probation warrant and $1 bond on providing police a false name.

Police say they are obtaining a search warrant to look in the vehicle.

They are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

The Sotolongo family says they are offering a reward of up to $5000 for anyone who comes forward with information.

 

Frances Wang

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