Minibus driver cited in crash that killed scooter driver in Miami Beach

Rolando Prestan, 54, cited for improper passing, police say

By Nicole Perez - Anchor/Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Christian De La Rosa - Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The driver of a minibus that fatally struck a woman on scooter Thursday in Miami Beach was cited for improper passing, Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez confirmed Friday.

While it's not a criminal violation, Rodriguez said the driver, Rolando Prestan, 54, will have to appear in court for the citation.

Police said the victim, Angela Daniela Polanco, 33, was riding the scooter when she was hit by the minibus on Alton Road, between 16th Street and Lincoln Road.

Polanco's purple and black helmet was seen on the roadway after the crash.

"I heard this crash and I came around the corner and just saw people everywhere," one witness said. "I see the woman on the motorcycle laid over, and then I see another person standing there, leaning over, talking to her, and next thing I know, ambulances and police showed up."

Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Jorge Linares said paramedics took Polanco to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where she died.  

Polanco's mother spoke to Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa on Friday. She said her daughter was a beautiful person and she plans to take legal action against the driver responsible for her death.