Deadly Driver Turns Himself In

A well-known Miami chef and restaurateur has been released on bond for his involvement in a deadly car accident that happened last October.

Chef Jonathan Eismann, 52, was driving along NW 72nd Avenue when he hit a pedestrian near NW 3rd Street on October 10, 2012 with his Ford Explorer. Miami Police said that he was driving away from another crash that he had been involved in prior to striking the pedestrian.

Jean Carlos Ruiz, the father of a one-year-old child, died as a result of the accident. Attendees at a memorial service for Ruiz spoke of how he had always doted on his young daughter.

Police said that Eismann turned himself in on Saturday and was charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of another accident with injuries. Court documents show that Eismann was arrested at Miami-Dade Police Headquarters at 7 a.m./ on Saturday and booked into the TGK Correctional Center shortly afterward. Eismann’s bond was set at $16,000.

No reason was given by police as to why Eismann might have turned himself in several months after the incident.

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