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Pedestrian killed in South Beach hit-and-run, and a suspect is arrested on DUI charges

Volodymyr Shyshko
Volodymyr Shyshko Miami-Dade Corrections

UPDATE: Miami Beach police announced an arrest was made early Thursday morning.

A Fort Lauderdale man has been arrested after a hit-and-run driver killed a pedestrian in South Beach overnight, shutting down Alton Road around 14th and 15th streets into the morning rush hour.

By the time Alton Road fully reopened at 8:20 a.m., 37-year-old Volodymyr Shyshko had been cuffed on DUI/manslaughter, vehicular homicide/reckless manner, leaving the scene of the crash and misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

In Miami-Dade and Broward, Shyshko’s previous driving record is marred only by a $293 ticket for running a red light in December.

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According to an arrest affidavit, cops found Shyshko at 5900 Indian Creek Dr., about five miles north of where the pedestrian was hit around 3:15 a.m. as he crossed Alton at 14th Street. He died on the street, two blocks from The Waverly and Flamingo Point high rise apartment buildings.

About a half hour later, the affidavit says, cops spotted Shyshko’s white Volkswagen Jetta. Video from Miami Herald news partner CBS4 showed a white Volkswagen with a smashed windshield and front body damage on the driver’s side.

An officer said Shyshko possessed “bloodshot/watery eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”

Shyshko’s passenger said Shyshko was driving.

“While in the DUI room, [Shyshko] spontaneously stated that he knew he hit something but did not know what he hit.”

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