Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Suspect surrenders in Opa-locka fatal hit-and-run

Marsel Oscar Reinoso
Marsel Oscar Reinoso Couretsy of Miami-Dade Police Department

Miami-Dade police announced that Marsel Reinoso, the owner of the SUV that killed 84-year-old David Contreras in an Opa-locka hit-and-run Wednesday, surrendered to Opa-Llcka Police Friday. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with a death.

Contreras was hit crossing Superior Street, on which he lives, at Northwest 27th Avenue on Wednesday night. Later, police found a gold Infiniti SUV with front-end damage in the 300 block of Sabur Lane. Miami-Dade police say witnesses saw the driver of the car that hit Contreras get out, go to Contreras, then leave the scene without assisting Contreras or reporting the crash to police.

Reinoso, 33, lives in the Liberty City section of Miami. His history of bad decisions and driving spans Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Two months after Hialeah police ticketed him for reckless driving in 2002, Florida Highway Patrol hit Reinoso with the driving cycle: tickets for speeding (104 mph in a 55 mph zone); driving an unregistered vehicle; driving without proper insurance; and driving on a suspended license. This cost Reinoso $476 in fines and put him on probation for six months. That probation expired less than two months before his May 7, 2003, tickets for speeding (75 in a 43) and failure to wear a seat belt. Neither was prosecuted.

Davie police ticketed Reinoso for failing to register his vehicle later that May. He paid $153 for that and $192 for going 84 mph in a 55 mph zone that July. While a 2003 burglary charge worked its way through the judicial system, Hialeah police charged him with knowingly driving with a suspended license in December 2003. Six months later, Plantation police ticketed Reinoso for driving with a suspended license, failure to wear a seat belt and driving too fast for the conditions (74 mph in a 45 mph zone). He pleaded no contest to each charge and was fined $75.

Pembroke Pines police ticketed Reinoso in October 2004 for driving with a revoked license and disobeying a red light. The former charge got Reinoso labeled as a habitual offender for driving with a revoked license. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, three years probation and a $615 fine on which he still owes $239.08. Reinoso would later be arrested for violating that probation and, when placed under community control, arrested for violating that, in 2008.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal