Hotel clerk takes keys from valet cabinet, fatally strikes pedestrian, police say

Miami Beach police said a man who is accused of fatally striking a pedestrian Sunday had left work to go to a nearby Walgreens to get a Red Bull drink.

According to an arrest report, Angel Cuesta, 31, who works the front desk at the Red South Beach Hotel at 3010 Collins Ave., took the keys of a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze from the valet keys cabinet and headed to the store.

Police said Cuesta was heading north on Collins Avenue when he struck a woman who was crossing the intersection of 38th Street.

Police said the woman, who was homeless and in her 50s, was crossing the street a notable distance south of the marked crosswalk.

The woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she died. 

The crash caused extensive damage to the front left side of the windshield and bumper, the report said.

Police said Cuesta told someone about the crash about an hour after it happened. 

That person identified Cuesta as a hotel employee to police.

Police said Cuesta confessed to striking the victim with the car and leaving the scene, even though he saw her lying in the street.

A cab driver who witnessed the crash told Local 10 News that he tried to stop Cuesta.

“He seem like he (was) gonna stop. He slow down, then he go,” Joseph Deceus said. “I saw the car make a left and I followed the guy. I seen the lady got hit and I say, ‘You gonna stop?'”

Police said Cuesta claimed that he tried to avoid the crash, but couldn’t.

Cuesta also admitted to trying to hide the vehicle in a gated parking garage at 3535 Indian Creek, the arrest report said.

He faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death.

Cuesta was released from jail overnight on a $10,000 bond. 

A manager at the Red South Beach Hotel told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that she had no comment about the incident.

Another employee at the hotel said management had instructed all employees not to speak to the media as the investigation is ongoing. 

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3 adults, infant injured when SUV driver loses control in Miami Beach, police say

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Man arrested after fatal Miami Beach hit-and-run

A 31-year-old man was arrested Sunday after fatally striking a homeless woman in a  hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Collins Avenue and 38th Street, Miami Beach police said. 

The woman, who was in her 50s, was hit by a silver four-door Chevrolet sedan and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she died, police said.

Police said the vehicle was located a short time after the crash inside a garage at 35th Street and Indian Creek Drive.

Angel Cuesta was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash. 

After being read his rights, Cuesta said that he didn’t see the victim on the ground after he drove away,  police said. He also stated that he tried to hide his vehicle in the gated parking garage and contacted a witness about an hour after the crash. 

 

 

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Miami Beach teen club no longer appearing on stage with Pink Floyd frontman

Twelve drama participants from the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Teen Club will no longer be appearing on stage Thursday night with Pink Floyd’s frontman, Roger Waters, as he performs for his “Us + Them” tour.

The change comes after many South Floridians have expressed their concerns about Waters and what some believe are his anti-Israel views.

“In light of recent information surrounding this event, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Teen Club will no longer be participating,” Miami Beach spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said. “Miami Beach is a culturally diverse community and does not tolerate any form of hate.”

The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Waters is a leader of an effort by artists to boycott Israel and previously defended himself on Facebook in 2013, saying that he was not “anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.”

“I am anti-war, anti-apartheid, anti-racist, pro-human rights, pro-peace and pro-self-determination for all peoples,” he wrote.

Waters has compared Israeli treatment of Palestinians to Nazi Germany and South African apartheid.

He unsuccessfully attempted earlier this year to get Radiohead to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv, along with South Africa activist Desmond Tutu, the Herald reported. 

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation posted a message on its website, telling the singer that his “vile messages” were not welcome in Miami, “a community where people of diverse backgrounds and religions celebrate differences and stand together to fight bigotry and hatred.”

“Roger Waters is an outspoken proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls into question Israel’s right to exist as the homeland of the Jewish people,” the post read. “His distortions and outright lies about Israel and its policies are outrageous and irrational. And his obsessive fixation on Israel betrays a bigotry that goes far beyond criticism of a nation’s policies.”

As part of the teens’ moment with Waters Thursday at the American Airlines Arena, they were expected to attend a dress rehearsal with the band, receive autographed photos, have prime seating in the orchestra pit for the show and perform a choreographed routine to “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)” with Waters.

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