Teen arrested in New Year's Day crash in Key Biscayne that killed woman

Police say Isaias Medina, 17, lost control of speeding Porsche

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a New Year's Day crash in Key Biscayne that killed an 18-year-old woman.

Isaias Medina was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges, including reckless driving causing serious injury and vehicular homicide.

Miami-Dade police said Medina was speeding in a Porsche on Harbor Drive when he lost control of the car near a curve and struck several trees before crashing into the front gate of a home.

Medina's back seat passenger, Daniela Benavides San Miguel, 18, was killed in the crash. Benavides San Miguel had graduated from Gulliver Preparatory last spring and was a freshman at Pepperdine University in California.

A passenger in the front seat, Mathew Saldana, 17, was injured in the crash. Medina and Saldana were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center with head injuries.

According to a court document, toxicology reports showed that Medina tested positive for marijuana.

Medina has been placed on home detention and is expected to appear in juvenile court March 1. The state is expected to prosecute Medina as an adult.

 

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