A Miami man has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of leaving the scene of a boating accident with an injury after what Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers described as a fatal hit-and-run boating crash.
Jorge Rodriguez Del Rey, 50, is home after posting $5,000 bond. Alcides Andres Yagues, a 26-year-old South Miami-Dade father of two, is dead. Yagues’ family has set up a GoFundMe.com page.
None of the three charges on which Del Rey was arrested — leaving the scene with a fatality, failure to render aid and failure to report to law enforcement — nor the charge on which he’s being prosecuted concern actions preceding or during the crash, but alleged actions after the crash.
According to the FWC crash report: the tragedy occurred north of the Rickenbacker Causeway and west of the Rickenbacker Marina around 2 p.m. Saturday. Del Rey, driving a 37-foot Axopar boat with nine passengers, crashed into Yagues and his Jet Ski-like Yamaha. Yagues flew from the personal watercraft. Del Rey left the area.
FWC officers found Del Rey’s boat at a marina later. Meanwhile, Yagues was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died.
Online Miami-Dade traffic records say Del Rey’s paid $826 stemming from four traffic convictions on land over the last nine years for speeding (46 mph in a 30 mph zone); improper U-turn; running a stop sign; and ignoring a flashing red light.