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Police: Owner of Ferrari in fatal I-75 hit-and-run comes forward; no arrest made

 
 
Mike Hughes of the Florida Highway Patrol inspects the condition of a red Ferrari that was involved in a fatal crash outside of Hialeah early Saturday morning. The Ferrari plowed into the rear of  Hyundai, killing its driver, 60-year-old Jorge Arrojas. Radomin Delgado, an amateur sports car racers, reached out to authorities on Monday but did not turn himelf in. He has been wanted for questioning since the crash.
Mike Hughes of the Florida Highway Patrol inspects the condition of a red Ferrari that was involved in a fatal crash outside of Hialeah early Saturday morning. The Ferrari plowed into the rear of Hyundai, killing its driver, 60-year-old Jorge Arrojas. Radomin Delgado, an amateur sports car racers, reached out to authorities on Monday but did not turn himelf in. He has been wanted for questioning since the crash.
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The owner of a red Ferrari abandoned at the scene of a fatal crash outside of Hialeah early Saturday finally reached out to authorities on Monday but did not turn himself in.

Radomin Delgado, an amateur sports car racer who was ticketed last year for driving more than 100 mph in Plantation, has not been charged in the hit-and-run crash.

Investigators from the Florida Highway Patrol have wanted to question 42-year-old Delgado since the crash that involved his 2009 Ferrari, model 430 Scuderia. Somebody driving that Ferrari about 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 75 plowed into the rear of a Hyundai, killing its driver, 60-year-old Jorge Arrojas. The driver of the Ferrari fled the scene.

Authorities named Delgado, a Pembroke Pines resident, as a “person of interest” but have not called him a suspect.

“We want to speak with him,” said FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez. “We want to see if he has bruises.”

Sanchez said that an attorney reached out to FHP by email on Monday to say he had been hired to represent Delgado and another person. The lawyer did not name this second person. Sanchez said he would not identify the attorney until after a meeting between Delgado and FHP investigators takes place.

“The lawyer told us he had advised his clients not to speak about the case without him being present,” Sanchez said. “He said his clients have invoked their right to remain silent.”

Arrojas’ partner of 40 years, Miguel Larrieu, was also injured in the crash. On Monday afternoon, Larrieu said he hoped Delgado turns himself in to authorities.

“This man needs to show his face. He cannot keep hiding,” said Larrieu, 62. “I don’t understand why the authorities haven’t forced him to come forward.”

Sanchez said he hopes the meeting between investigators and Delgado and his attorney takes places soon. If that doesn’t happen, “we’ll put out a warrant, no matter what,” he said.

For more than a decade, Delgado has been a part of the Sports Car Club of America. Videos and rankings on the Internet show he’s raced in several luxury cars, including Porsches and Ferraris, in speedways across the country — including the one in Homestead.

El Nuevo Herald left messages on Delgado’s cellphone, to his email address and on the door of the home he rents in a gated Pembroke Pines community. He did not respond.

Several of his neighbors said they routinely see Delgado working on high-end cars — mostly Porsches — in his garage. Nobody knew much about his personal life but said he was respectful and lives with a woman they believe is his wife.

Court records show that Delgado was cited last October for driving 105 mph in an area of Plantation with a posted speed limit of 70 mph. He was found guilty but adjudication was withheld earlier this year. He paid a $430 fine.

According to a page on LinkedIn that is connected to his email address, Delgado is an IT professional who has worked on projects for major companies. In March, he registered a business called Edanca Services Inc. It’s unclear what this company does.

Larrieu said that a Mass will be held on Wednesday at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Miami to celebrate Arrojas’ life.

“Jorge loved to live, to be with people, to dress up and go out,” he said. “But in 10 seconds this reckless person ended everything we had built together.”

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