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He’s a personal injury lawyer. Cops say he drove away from this fatal crash.

Lawyer accused of deadly hit-and-run makes bond court appearance

Marcos Antonio Gonzalez-Balboa was arrested in March 2018 in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in December 2017.
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Marcos Antonio Gonzalez-Balboa was arrested in March 2018 in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in December 2017.

A personal injury lawyer from Hialeah was arrested Tuesday charged with killing a woman at a Miami Lakes crosswalk last year with his Mercedes-Benz and driving away while impaired.

And it’s not the first time Marcos Antonio Gonzalez-Balboa has been accused of leaving the scene of a crash.

The 65-yearold-owner of a law firm in Miami Lakes was charged with DUI manslaughter/failure to render aid, vehicular homicide/failure to stop, leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the Dec. 7, 2017 death of Tatum Holloway, 26, of Traverse City, Michigan.

Investigators determined that Holloway using the Fairway Drive crosswalk around 2:30 a.m. when a car hit her, launching her into the air to land on a curb on the west side of Fairway Drive. Police believe that car was Gonzalez-Balboa’s silver C-Class Benz and he was the driver.

Gonzalez-Balboa remained in Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Wednesday morning, with bond set at $150,000.

A civil lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of Holloway’s parents states that Holloway was found face down near a gutter at the intersection of Miami Lakes Drive and Fairway Drive, and that Gonzalez-Balboa was driving recklessly and should have yielded at the crosswalk. The suit, filed in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, asks for more than $15,000 to compensate Holloway’s parents for their grief and to pay off medical and funeral costs.

Gonzalez-Balboa graduated from University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1979 and was admitted to the Florida Bar later that year. He has a clean 10-year discipline history.

An online look at Miami-Dade County traffic court records shows no tickets for Gonzalez-Balboa since 2013, but 22 tickets from 1993-2013. Most of those tickets were dismissed for various reasons. His convictions were for careless driving (1994), running a stop sign (1997), speeding (2005), reckless driving (2006) and speeding in a school zone (2010).

Seven of those tickets stemmed from a Dec. 29, 2006 crash, after which Gonzalez-Balboa received three tickets for DUI with property damage, one for reckless driving, one for careless driving, one for a seat belt violation...and one for leaving the scene of an accident. Gonzalez-Balboa entered a no contest plea to reckless driving and paid a $653.75 fine.

The State Attorney’s Office dismissed all the other tickets from the incident.

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