Hit-and-run suspect from Argentina appears in Polk County courtroom

Polk County

A teen girl’s morning ride to school came to a horrible end.

Mariana Perez Borroto, 13, was hit by a minivan as she was riding her bicycle. She died shortly after that.

“She should have been celebrating her 14th birthday in two weeks, but she won’t,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The Lake Marion Creek Middle School student’s life was cut short on Homosassa Road in Poinciana Wednesday morning.

“You’ve been charged with driving without a license causing death of serious bodily injury,” the judge told the suspect on Thursday.

Investigators tell News Channel 8 that Micaela Coronel, 25, is to blame.

“Micaela said that there was condensation on her windshield and she did not ever see this child, Mariana, and hit her,” the sheriff said.

Judd went on to add that Coronel is in the country illegally. He said her work visa expired. She also doesn’t have a driver’s license.

“Am I angry? You bet I am. You bet I am,” Judd said.

Now, the suspect faces years in jail, then deportation by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

“This simply wouldn’t have happened if she was in her country of origin, country of Argentina,” Judd said.

The principal at Lake Marion Creek Middle School in Kissimmee released the following statement:

Our hearts are broken today.  We are devastated by the loss of a very special member of our Lake Marion Creek Middle School family.  Mariana was a bright and sweet-natured girl who possessed a very polite and calm manner.  She enjoyed studying history and loved spending her free time sketching in notebooks.  We are devastated by this tragic news.  Counselors are available at school for students and staff members.  We have also rescheduled the rest of this week’s Florida Standards Assessments testing to next week.

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