97.3’s Lazaro “DJ Laz” Mendez will not be charged for accidentally killing a person last year in a tragic boating accident on Key Biscayne. It all happened in May of 2014 when Laz’s promo boat and its propellers fatally struck 23-year old Ernesto Hernandez.
A longtime radio personality in Miami, Mendez hosts a morning show on 97.3 FM. He has settled a civil lawsuit from Hernandez’s relatives, who met with prosecutors on Thursday to discuss the decision.
The tragedy also spurred Key Biscayne to prohibit boats from a portion of the Mashta Flats, the offshore sandbar that has become a popular party site.
At the party spot, Hernandez was among a crowd of people attending a Voli Vodka event. Mendez’s boat was a promotional vessel for the company. When the boat got stuck, Hernandez was part of a group of revelers that tried to free it from the sand when Mendez engaged the engine, killing the man.
Mendez, in a statement Thursday, said: “My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Hernandez family as they continue to heal from the loss of Ernesto from the sad, tragic day.”
Condolences to the family of Ernesto, hope they can move on from this and start getting a bit of closure.
[via The Miami Herald]