South Miami UM student hit-and-run suspect arrested in New York

06/05/2012 5:00 AM

06/05/2012 6:57 PM

Police found a man sought for a South Miami hit-and-run crash in New York on Tuesday.

Police were looking for Luis Felipe Moya-Lopez, 24, after detectives identified him as the driver of the silver four-door Mercedes-Benz E-320 involved in a hit-and-run that left Eliza Gresh, 19, in a coma.

“U.S. Marshalls arrested him at an apartment in New York,” said South Miami Maj. Ana Baixauli, who could not confirm the details of the arrest. “He is in custody, awaiting extradition.”

According to a report, Gresh, a University of Miami student, was crossing South Dixie Highway at Southwest 57th Avenue when the driver of the silver car struck her and fled the scene.

After the hit-and-run, rescue took Gresh to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

While she was in a coma, South Miami police were able to release a description of the vehicle after recovering parts of the bumper at the scene.

The owner of Pro Collision Center Body Shop in Hialeah realized that the Mercedes Benz police were looking for was parked at his shop, and called police.

Police talked to the registered owner of the car, Moya-Lopez, but did not make an immediate arrest. Moya-Lopez's mother Zoila Moya was arrested on charges of filing false and fraudulent insurance claims.

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