An Argentinian woman living in Kissimmee was arrested on Tuesday, after she hit and killed a 13-year-old girl while driving without a license.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Micaela Coronel, who is Argentinian, but has been staying in Kissimmee. She was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license causing death.
Coronel fatally struck 13-year-old Mariana Perez Borroto, of Kissimmee, at about 7:50 a.m. Mariana was riding her bike to Lake Marion Creek Middle School in Poinciana, where she attended eighth grade, according to a Polk Sheriff’s Office report.
Coronel was driving her Chrysler Town and Country minivan eastbound on Homosassa Road when the incident occurred.
Mariana was critically injured and airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, where she was later pronounced dead.
"This suspect should not have even been behind the wheel of a vehicle. This is an awful, senseless tragedy that should never have occurred. This beautiful child should be turning 14 years old in just two weeks, but for this suspect's illegal actions. Mariana's family and friends are in our prayers," said Sheriff Grady Judd.
Coronel told deputies she's been in the country on a "visitor pass" from Argentina since October 2018, and presented them with an Argentinian identification card.
Deputies determined through their investigation that she did not have a valid driver's license, the report stated.
Coronel told deputies that at the time of the crash, condensation covered approximately 80 percent of her windshield, obstructing her view while she was driving. PCSO is checking with ICE to determine her status in the country, due to the fact that she's committed a felony.
"Our hearts are broken today. We are devastated by the loss of a very special member of our Lake Marion Creek Middle family,” said Johna Jozwiak, principal at Lake Marion Creek Middle. “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."
The investigation is ongoing.