Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash says he is sorry about killing man

Michel Vernet is accused of killing 51-year-old Auguste Friznel

By Michael Seiden - Reporter, Andrew Perez - Reporter, Tim Swift

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Miami-Dade County police arrested a 59-year-old man Thursday, who is accused of killing a pedestrian over the weekend in a hit-and-run crash.

Michel Vernet, 59, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He walked out of Miami-Dade County's Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Friday night.

"I feel sorry about that ... that's his fault not me," Vernet said. "I didn't see him."

Argemis Colome, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said Vernet was driving a white Toyota RAV4 around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Northwest Seventh Avenue near Northwest 103rd Street when he struck 51-year-old Auguste Friznel.

Vernet tried to brake for Friznel, who was not in a crosswalk. Vernet fled the scene of the crash, Colome said.

"I don't see him. If I see him, I stop," Vernet said. 

Friznel was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where he later died of his injuries.

Vernet turned himself into police on Thursday and Judge Mindy Glazer set his bond at $10,000 on Friday.

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