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March 4, 2014

Peru native dies in Fla. car/motorcycle crash

PERU — Benjamin Pirofsky lost his life in a Florida traffic crash Friday that has created a furor in that state and beyond. 

There is outrage because the woman who pulled out in front of the Peru native’s motorcycle, according to authorities, was driving drunk, fled after the crash and tried to hide evidence of the crime.

And then there is a sense of wonder at the actions of a good Samaritan that resulted in Nadia Verdoni, the alleged driver of the car, being identified quickly and taken into custody.

WITNESS CHASES CAR

Pirofsky, 30, was riding his motorcycle southward on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, Fla., at about 9:36 p.m. as Verdoni, heading north in a Ford sport utility vehicle, attempted to turn onto Northeast 4th Street, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Department.

Pirofsky had a green light, witness Thomas Stanley told authorities, and as the Ford cut in front of the bike, he tried to brake, “causing his motorcycle’s rear to come up and rotate counterclockwise, striking the vehicle.”

Pirofsky was killed when he was thrown from the bike.

Stanley told authorities he watched the Ford slow then accelerate, turning left after a few blocks.

And he followed, pulling over when the other car did.

“You hit someone,” Stanley told Verdoni, according to the statement he gave the Sheriff’s Department.

He said she denied doing so and refused when he tried to get her to return to the crash site and talk to police. So he snapped a picture of her license plate.

DUI MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

A sheriff’s deputy who went to the address Stanley had provided found Verdoni beside a vehicle that was badly dented, with her car keys in one hand and a gray tarp in the other, according to the arrest form.

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