Jonathan Eismann, Former Pacific Time Chef/Owner, Kills Pedestrian In Alleged Hit-and-Run Accident

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Jonathan Eismann
Just a short 18 months ago, chef Jonathan Eismann was one of the biggest names in Miami's restaurant scene with acclaimed eateries Pacific Time, Fin, Q, and Pizza Volante under his management. By last April, his enterprises began toppling: The restaurants folded, lawsuits piled up, and his Venetian Islands home went into foreclosure.

Now Eismann has bigger problems. The 51-year-old, while driving his SUV, struck and killed a pedestrian yesterday morning, Channel 10 reports, while fleeing an earlier crash.

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Around 8:45 Wednesday morning, Eismann was driving a Ford Explorer through the intersection of NW Third Street and 72nd Avenue when he collided with a Nissan Sentra, the station reports.

Police say Eismann then tried to flee from the crash and lost control of his SUV, plowing into 29-year-old Juan Carlos Ruiz, a pedestrian. Ruiz was pronounced dead on the scene, and Eismann was taken to a hospital.

As of this morning, no charges have been filed against Eismann, but the case is still open, Det. Alvaro Zabaleta tells Riptide.

Riptide tried the last number listed for Eismann to try to get a comment, but it has been disconnected.

Eismann's restaurant empire fell into trouble last year amid Miami's recession. As our Short Order blog reported last April, the chef faced multiple suits from food supplier Sysco related to his closed eateries, plus a mortgage foreclosure on his Venetian Isles home.

Yet court records show those cases have since been settled, with the foreclosure dismissed last month after his home at 423 E. Rivo Alto Dr. had sold in August for a solid profit at $3.2 million. The chef had been running Spartico, a pizzeria in the Mayfair Hotel.

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gabrielita6
gabrielita6

Had he stopped at the first accident he caused, my brother, my best friend would still be alive today. His actions caused this misfortune! He may not have intentionally planned on killing Jean but his lack of right from wrong did. Why did he try to flee the scene? It’s HIS fault this tragedy occurred. No one else is at fault for this.

ambuergo19
ambuergo19

He deserves to rot in jail. After what he did to my brother In my opinion this person is safer in jail then on the street.

arghenies
arghenies like.author.displayName 1 Like

For those not aware of how a vehicle and it's restraint and safety system works. Once airbags are deployed on/in a vehicle the BCM (Body Control Module) sends a signal to the ECM (Electronic Control Module) to disable the vehicle completely. In other words BULLSHIT!!! Give that BS story to whomever you please, just keep in mind that luckily technology has come such a long way that all this gets saved on the main computer. To simplify my response; in order for him to have suffered a "head injury" from the bags being deployed the vehicle would not have been able to drive away from the first accident much less have the ability to reach enough speed to take down a poll that's buried more then 10 feet underground. It's sad that you have the nerve and face to make excuses for his poor decision. He took away a man that was not only a great friend who brightened up any room he walked into but a GREAT father and husband. All because he was too ignorant to decide between right and wrong.

NoExcuse
NoExcuse

yea it must have been such a bad head injury to "make" him flee the scene of a hit and run! what a douche there is just no excuse for this tragedy! and if the shoes would have been on the other foot you would agree too!

michmill2
michmill2

Jonathan would never do this intentionally.  He must have suffered a head injury.  My condolences to all the people involved in this tragedy.

iitt0star
iitt0star

His actions took away our best friend, a devoted husband and an amazing father. He has left a hole in our hearts that will never be healed. This coward left the scene of one accident and if he had the opportunity, he would have fled after he killed Jean too. Jean's death with be avenged and justice will be served. We will make sure of that.

vilmitavd8
vilmitavd8 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

This guy deserves no mercy!!!! He ruined the life of an awesome guy and his family.  What he did was wrong to begin with and was a total cowardly move, he caused him self even a bigger problem now. I hope he gets what he deserves!!! But even then, that wont bring my friend back.

melgonzalez28
melgonzalez28 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I hope you go to prison for life. You scum bag. You ruined a family.

voiceofreason
voiceofreason

really think it's a good idea to publish home address?  one person's actions shouldn't tarnish his family's life.  tragedy all around, especially for the poor man who lost his life.

 

melgonzalez28
melgonzalez28 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @voiceofreason If you knew the man that was killed personally, you would feel different. This man is scum. He should have been thinking about his "precious family" when he decided to do a hit and run, then kill my friend.

ReadCarefully
ReadCarefully like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @voiceofreason that's his old address, the house sold.

patty2284
patty2284

 @ReadCarefully  @voiceofreason

who cares about his address at the end of the day this idiot kill an innocent man who had a baby and a wife... You don't get to see how much his wife is suffering and his mother in law who loved him dearly all his friend crying because they lost him, just because this man did not want to STOP!

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