LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – Lauderhill traffic homicide investigators say 23-year-old Ashlee Washington has been charged with the Saturday morning’s fatal hit-and-run in the 1300 block of N State Road 7.
Washington went before a judge Sunday.READ MORE: There's No Business Like Shoe Business & The High End Sneaker Business Is Booming
“You’ve been charged with one count of tampering or fabricating physical evidence, one count of failing to stop or remain at an accident – in other worlds leaving the scene with a death,” the judge told Washington.
According to police, around 3 a.m. Saturday, Washington hit 53-year-old Gillian Robinson with her 2018 red Chevy Cruz and then fled the scene.
Police believe the Robinson was attempting to cross the street when she was struck, and they add speed played a factor in the crash.
In a statement, the victim’s family wrote:
“Our hearts are completely broken. The matriarch of our family was violently taken from us and we honestly have no idea what life would be like without her. She was a wife, mom, sister, daughter, cousin and grandmother.
“Our mom was a mother to many. This is not only a loss for us but for the community and our country of Trinidad.
“If you met her once, you will forever remember her. She impacted so many and we can only strive to continue her legacy.
“We request prayers for our family and all who are mourning our mother.”READ MORE: Wife Of Slain Cyclist Pushes For Safety Measures After 2 More Deaths On Rickenbacker Causeway
Now, those who frequent the area says similar incidents are becoming way too common.
“It’s very dangerous it’s too much traffic,” said Lauderdale resident Porsche Strong.
“I walk here sometimes, and I was almost hit here like twice, but it’s always accidents here it’s nothing new,” added Rosa Andrews.
Lauderhill police say Washington was located at an address in the 700 block of NW 70 Street in Miami, with the help of Miami PD.
But despite her arrest, police say this is still an open and active instigation and they are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.
And while officials continue to investigate, those who live in the area are calling for change.
“They drive too fast in the city,” said Andrews.
“It’s very dangerous it’s too much traffic. They need more stop signed or something,” echoed Strong.
As for Washington, her bail was set at $100,000 for the first count and $1,000 for the second, and there are other stipulations to her release.MORE NEWS: Miami PD Needs Help Finding 84-Year-Old Joseph Downs
“You will be subjected to pretrial services and pretrial release with a GPS monitor, your driving privileges are here by suspended and you will only be allowed to travel within Broward and Dade Counties,” added the judge.