A federal agent who grew up in Gulfport has died of his injuries following a hit-and-run crash in Miami.
Special Agent Scott McGuire of U.S, Homeland Security Investigations died at a South Florida hospital Sunday. He was critically injured Jan. 15 when a car struck him and other agent while they were on duty in Miami's South Beach area.
McGuire worked in HSI's New Orleans field office and had lived in New Orleans many years, said Bryan Cox, southern region spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
McGuire, believed to be 41, is survived by his wife and a 5-year-old son. Cox said he wasn't sure if his immediate family members still live in South Mississippi.
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Miami Beach police reported McGuire and another agent had hailed a cab that had just stopped to pick them up when a 2015 Mercedes E250 made a wide U-turn, veered onto the sidewalk, struck McGuire and the other agent and drove off without stopping, according to the Miami Herald. It occurred on Collins Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Miami Beach. The other agent's leg was broken.
The driver has been identified as Jordana Rosales, a 21-year-old college student from Coral Gables, Fla. She was arrested later that day, and faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury. The Herald reports the charges will likely be upgraded because of McGuire's death.
A law enforcement procession led McGuire's body from a medical examiner's office to a funeral home pending arrangements for his return to New Orleans.
McGuire was an organ donor, "befitting his selfless nature," Cox said.
"Although we are immeasurably diminished by his death, we can at least take some small comfort in knowing that his final act gave others the chance to live. ICE asks that you join us in keeping his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
A New Orleans friend, Vicki Adjmi, told The Advocate newspaper, "He was a gentleman," and "the pillar of his entire family.
"He loved what he did, and he lived for what he did," Adjmi said.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.