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Arrest made in hit-and-run crash that killed teen skateboarder

Gabriel Fleuricourt, 28, says he 'panicked'

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 16-year-old boy in northwest Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police said Gabriel Fleuricourt, 28, turned himself in at the Miami Police Department. He was then taken to Miami-Dade police headquarters, where he confessed to committing the hit-and-run, Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.

Police have also identified the teen killed as Cash Pereira. Zabaleta said Pereira was skateboarding on Northwest 18th Avenue near Northwest 108th Street when he was struck by a blue Hyundai Sonata.

The car was later found at 1268 NW 111th St.

"He was so innocent," Clinton Pereira said of his brother.

Local 10 News crime specialist John Turchin spoke to the woman who urged Fleuricourt to turn himself in.

"He said he'd never been in an accident before, so he just panicked," Daphne Jones said in a telephone interview.

Fleuricourt said as much after he was released from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on bond late Tuesday afternoon.

"I really didn't mean any of this," he told Local 10. "I'm not a bad person. I'm really not. I ain't never killed nobody. I ain't never shot nobody."

Fleuricourt said he "panicked," but he added that he turned himself in.

"I'm sorry," Fleuricourt said of what happened.

Fleuricourt faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

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