Miami Beach Commission honors Good Samaritan
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man who chased after the woman who struck and killed a renowned chef last week was honored by the Miami Beach City Commission, Wednesday.
Vice Mayor Michael Gongora led the charge to honor Jairo Fuentes for his extraordinary efforts following the collision that took the life of Stefano Riccioletti. "He got involved. He didn't say, 'I'm too busy, I'm in a hurry, I don't have time for this.' He followed the woman who hit the chef," Gongora said.
Riccioletti was struck and killed Jan. 28 by a hit-and-run driver while trying to cross the street. Having witnessed the accident, which took place at the corner of Collins Avenue and 18th Street, Fuentes gave chase and called police.
With Fuentes' help, police arrested Karlie Tomica at her home. "Everyday people see things but they don't necessarily get involved," said Miami Beach Deputy Chief Mark Overton, "they don't call the police, and that really is what makes a city great, when the community supports the police, and we are only as good as the community we serve."
Fuentes, a Miami Beach resident, remains humbled by it all. "I'm sure many other people would have done what I've done," he said. "I'm glad I could be of help."
The Good Samaritan also made a special request of the commissioners. "I keep seeing the people walking in the street, and it would be very good if we could avoid this happening again," Fuentes said.
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