A bicyclist is battling for his life after an ex-adult film actress allegedly struck him in a hit-and-run on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach.
According to investigators, the victim was riding his bike on his way home from work Thursday evening when 31-year-old Katherine Colabella struck him going eastbound on the causeway.
Afterward, he was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, and he needed “life-saving surgery due to a brain bleed,” according to a police report.
Police said that Colabella, a former adult film actress, failed to help the man but fled the scene.
Miami Beach traffic cameras allegedly picked up her car heading off the causeway and onto Alton Road last Thursday night before she ended up at the high-end Continuum condominium, investigators said, where she left her car with a valet before heading up to the home of a resident, “looking like she was drunk,” according to building employees, who felt it necessary to call 911 at the site of her damaged Mercedes.
Officers came and towed the car as evidence and left.
Police eventually got to meet the suspect Friday morning.
Colabella showed up at the Miami Beach Police Department inquiring about her car, and according to the police report, “stated that after she crashed, she panicked and left the crash scene without calling 9-1-1 or rendering help.”
Detectives said, “The defendant admitted having consumed multiple alcoholic beverages prior to the crash.”
Colabella faces felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and reckless driving.
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