Man in North Dade double DUI hit-run crash pleads guilty, to serve 15 years

 

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A Miami-Dade man has pleaded guilty to ramming his truck into a North Miami-Dade bus stop, killing two men, in a violent hit-and-run drunk driving crash.

Rolando Aliaga, 50, will serve 15 years in prison, plus five years of probation.

He pleaded guilty last week to several charges, including the scene of accident involving deaths and DUI manslaughter. Aliaga will surrender to jailers on April 22.

Miami-Dade prosecutors say that Aliaga was drunk on Feb. 1, 2011 when he plowed his pickup truck into a bus stop at Northwest 79th Street and 27th Avenue. His blood-alcohol level was a staggering .332, four times the legal limit.

Killed at the scene was Tyron Richmond. A second victim, Charles Williams, lingered in the hospital for more than a month before dying.

Aliaga drove off. But a Miami-Dade County employee, Mark Brown, witnessed the accident, followed him and nudged Aliaga’s truck off the road so that police could capture him.

At the time, then-Miami-Dade Police Director Jim Loftus responded to the accident scene, thanked Brown personally and lauded him publicly.

Brown, a former district director for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, works with the county’s Solid Waste department. For helping stop Aliaga, Jordan later honored Brown at a commission meeting.

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