Video: Federal agent killed by motorist in South Beach is honored with a procession
A Florida International University student admitted she plowed her car into a federal agent on a South Beach sidewalk, then drove off only to be cuffed hours later, according to new court documents.
The revelation came Tuesday as prosecutors charged Jordana Rosales, 21, with DUI manslaughter — even though her blood was never tested because she is believed to have fled the scene of the crash that killed U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Agent Scott McGuire.
But law enforcement sources have told the Miami Herald that Rosales admitted she was drinking when she plowed into McGuire and another agent just past 2 a.m. on Jan. 15. And video surveillance showed her club hopping and she was seen driving her Mercedes erratically down Collins Avenue before the crash, the sources said.
Rosales is also charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and involving serious injury. She pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the upgraded charges at her arraignment Tuesday – as 10 federal agents, there to support the victims, watched from the courtroom gallery.
Rosales, of Coral Gables, remains on house arrest while awaiting trial. Her defense lawyer, Juan Gonzalez, declined to comment on Tuesday.
She now faces a minimum of four years in prison for the DUI manslaughter charge, and the charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Miami Beach police say McGuire and another agent were on the clock and had just hailed a taxi cab when Rosales, in a 2015 Mercedes E250, made a “wide U-turn” into the intersection, according to a police report. Instead of stopping, she veered right, up onto the sidewalk and plowed into McGuire and the other agent, according to an arrest report.
Miami Beach police said 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.
At 8:38 a.m, some six hours after the crash, Miami police found the car at the luxury Mint condos in the Brickell district.
Detectives found Rosales and man named Jabran Sayed inside unit 2309, according to the warrant. She initially provided “a false statement” but eventually confessed to being the driver that plowed into the agents, Miami Beach Detective Richard Rodriguez wrote in the warrant.
The police seized the Mercedes’ “Electronic Data Recorder,” a computer that can pinpoint where the car was at the time of the crash.