For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2011

Media Contact:
Tatiana Laroche


Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan to present special commendation to Good Samaritan Mark Brown

Brown stopped a hit-and-run driver from fleeing the scene of an accident earlier this month


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan will honor Mark Brown, the Good Samaritan who stopped a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident earlier this month, during a special presentation on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. The commendation will take place at the start of Miami-Dade's regularly scheduled County Commission meeting at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, in Downtown Miami.

On February 1, Rolando Aliaga struck two pedestrians with his pick-up truck as the victims waited at a bus stop at NW 79th Street and 27th Avenue. Aliaga fled the scene, hitting another car as he sped away. Mark Brown, who was driving in the area, sprang into action when he noticed Aliaga fleeing and rammed Aliaga's truck with his own to stop him. Aliaga was then taken into custody. One of the victims, Tyron Richemond, was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital; Charles Williams, the second victim, was admitted in serious condition.

Mr. Brown, a Miami-Dade County employee with the Solid Waste Management Department and former district director for Commissioner Jordan, has been praised by Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus and the victims' families for putting himself in harm's way to apprehend the assailant.

For more information on this presentation, please contact Commissioner Jordan's office at 305-375-5694.

Who: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Mark Brown, Miami-Dade County employee

What:Special commendation for Mark Brown, Good Samaritan who helped police officers apprehend a hit-and-run driver

When: February 15, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

Where:Stephen P. Clark Center
Commissioner Chambers, 2nd Floor
111 NW 1st Street, Miami


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Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220 Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-5694


It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-375-5694 at least five days in advance.