Jordana Rosales, the college student accused of killing a federal agent in a hit-and-run car crash, initially told cops she was never on South Beach that January morning.
And Rosales, 21, claimed that the damage to her Mercedes-Benz came not from a collision with a person but from a tree that fell onto her windshield.
But newly released police reports show that her own friends — three passengers in the Mercedes during the crash — helped detectives unravel the story behind agent Scott McGuire’s death.
One friend said that Rosales had indeed been with them at the W Hotel on South Beach, where she downed “over 10 drinks,” many of them gin-and-tonics — a story backed up by video surveillance from the club. That friend, Jabran Sayed, “described the defendant as drunk,” one police report said.
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After the crash, upon “learning of the severity of the traffic crash from local news reports,” she even called a tow truck “in order to have the Mercedes hidden, then repaired,” the police reports said.
The car was found thanks to a sharp-eyed condo security guard who saw the damaged Mercedes, heard a news report about the crash on AM radio and called police.
Rosales, according to the police reports released by prosecutors Tuesday as part of the criminal case against her, revealed that the Florida International University student eventually confessed in full to the crash.
She is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Based on the solid circumstantial evidence, Rosales was also charged with DUI manslaughter, despite officers finding her too late to test her blood for alcohol.
Her defense attorney, Juan Gonzalez, declined to comment on Tuesday. Rosales, of Coral Gables, remains on house arrest while awaiting trial.
McGuire, a married father of a young son, was an agent with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. He and another agent were on South Beach working an investigation just past 2 a.m. Jan. 15.
Miami Beach police said that the two agents had just hailed a taxi cab when Rosales, in her uncle’s 2015 Mercedes-Benz E250, made a “wide U-turn” into the intersection. Instead of stopping, she veered right, up onto the sidewalk, and plowed into McGuire and the other agent, according to an arrest report.
According to police, Rosales — her windshield significantly damaged — took off south on Collins Avenue, never stopping. The police department immediately released details of the car to the news media.
McGuire was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, dying days later of his injuries.
The Mercedes mirror was left at the scene, according to a crime-scene report.
Some six hours after the crash, just past 8 a.m., security guard Charles Fernandez was at the Miami luxury condo where Sayed lived. He saw the damaged Mercedes parked in a handicap spot. “Charles then finished his rounds and was in his personal vehicle when he heard on 610 WIOD of the crash and the description of the vehicle that fled the scene,” according to one police report.
Officers were called to the condo. Surveillance video showed her driving the damaged Mercedes into the complex.
She agreed to speak to Miami Beach Detective Richard Rodriguez, admitting she went to the bar American Social in Miami. But Rosales insisted she never ventured to Miami Beach.
But in her second story, Rosales said she went to another bar, Bardot in Wynwood, before going to the Wall bar at the W Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach. Eventually, she admitted to drinking and the crash, police said.
“The defendant showed no signs of remorse or guilt,” Detective Rodriguez wrote in his report.