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19-year-old arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run crash in southwest Miami-Dade

Arrest made in fatal MIami-Dade hit-and-run crash
Arrest made in fatal MIami-Dade hit-and-run crash

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he fatally struck another man who was riding a standing electric scooter and then fled the scene, authorities said.

Marcus Julian Pradere, of Miami, faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death and tampering with physical evidence.

According to his arrest report, Pradere struck the victim with his red Honda Accord just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Old Dixie Highway and Southwest 296th Street.

According to authorities, Pradere was heading north on Old Dixie Highway when he struck the victim as the victim was crossing Southwest 296th Street.

Police identified the victim Thursday as 38-year-old Rolando Rodriguez.

According to the arrest report, the investigation led officers to Pradere’s home and his father answered the door, telling the officers, “I know exactly why you are here, come in … my son was very scared.”

Police said Pradere’s father gave them consent to search the residence and they found the Accord, which had evidence that was consistent with it being involved in the hit-and-run. Police said the car also had a gray cover on top of it in an effort to conceal the damages.

According to his arrest report, Pradere confessed to his involvement in the crash and was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.