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Good Samaritan helps deputies catch hit-and-run driver

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30-year-old Benjamin Pirofsky 30-year-old Benjamin Pirofsky
Good Samaritan Tom Stanley Good Samaritan Tom Stanley
Nadia Verdoni Nadia Verdoni

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Good Samaritan is speaking to 7News after he helped deputies nab a woman accused of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

Benjamin Pirofsky's life came to an end Friday night, when 42-year-old Nadia Verdoni turned from Federal Highway onto Northeast Fourth Street and into the path of Pirofsky's motorcycle, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Verdoni was drunk and fled the scene after the crash.

Surveillance video released Monday afternoon showed people rushing to the victim's aid. However, Verdoni was arrested Friday night thanks to Good Samaritan Tom Stanley, who followed her home.

"When she finally pulled over, she had no remorse on her face," Stanley told family members of the victim before they gave him a hug.

"She parked past her house, on the opposite side of the street," said Stanley. "When I got out I told her, 'Hey, you hit that guy. I think you killed him. You need to go back there, and she was like with an attitude, 'I didn't hit anybody.' And I walked over to the side of her car, taillight hanging down, the bumper's all messed up. I said, 'Look at your car. You're gonna tell me you didn't hit him?' I said, 'You need to go back.'"

Police said she did not go back. Instead they went to her home and found her trying to cover up her car with a tarp. Verdoni was arrested and has been charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene.

Pirofsky's family is so grateful Stanley followed her home. "This man is a hero," said Pirofsky's aunt, Debbie Ogust.

Thirty-year-old Pirofsky was a finance manager at Vista Volkswagen. The dealership is one block away from the crash site. William Howard with Vista Volkswagen said, "He had just finished a deal with us, with me and one of my sales people. He stayed late for it. Just one minute less, one minute more, it would have not happened."

Pirofsky's grandfather, Irving Pirofsky, said, "He meant a lot to me because I live in Fort Lauderdale, and if I needed him to fix something electrical or a computer he was right there, anytime I needed him."

His father, Howard Pirofsky, said, "He was just a good guy, doing things for you that would help you out."

Pirofsky lived with his aunt and uncle and planned to move into his own apartment that weekend.

His family said, they will always remember his smile. Ogust said, "He always had a smile on his face, never had a negative thing to say about a soul, just a good man."

Verdoni faces DUI manslaughter charges. She has since bonded out of jail.


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