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Police arrest driver wanted for deadly hit and run in southwest Miami-Dade

According to police, 23-year-old Maria Rodriguez is the driver they said hit and killed a 17-year-old in Southwest Miami-Dade and did not stop.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A hit and run driver has been caught and arrested in Miami-Dade County.

According to police, 23-year-old Maria Rodriguez is the driver they said hit and killed a 17-year-old in Southwest Miami-Dade and did not stop.

Police said Rodriguez drove onto a sidewalk early Friday morning.

That’s when authorities said she struck Justin Rivera, who was jogging near Coral Reef Drive and 127th Avenue.

River was a football player at Miami Southridge High School.

Instead of stopping to render aid and call for help, police said Rodriguez just kept going.

Rodriguez was released from jail late Saturday afternoon on a $10,000 bond. She covered her face and entered a waiting vehicle without saying anything after exiting the jail.

Authorities haven’t said whether Rodriguez will face more severe charges due to the death in the case.


About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.