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Video allegedly shows Mexican telenovela star’s road rage incident
Prosecutors plan to charge Mexican actor Pablo Lyle with manslaughter after he fatally punched a motorist during a road-rage confrontation in Miami, the Herald has learned.
The charge will be announced Wednesday morning as Lyle, 32, appears at an arraignment in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.
Lyle was initially charged with felony battery for the punch landed on 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez on March 31. Hernandez suffered a traumatic brain injury and died four days later at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office declined a murder charge, but concluded that Lyle acted recklessly when he charged at Hernandez and punched him.
Lyle was the star of “Mi Adorable Maldición,” or “My Adorable Curse,” and now acts in movies. His legal case has drawn widespread coverage in Spanish-language media, particularly in Mexico, where he was an up-and-coming actor. He’d been ordered to remain in Miami on house arrest after posting a $50,000 bond pending Wednesday’s arraignment.
Prosecutors will likely ask Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alan Fine to impose a greater bond now that he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.
Lyle’s defense lawyers have insisted that the actor was defending himself, his wife and two children from what he believed was a violent attacker.
“This was about a peaceful man protecting his family. They were assaulted and attacked without warning or provocation,” Philip Reizenstein, one of his defense lawyers, told reporters after a court hearing last month: “This was about a peaceful man protecting his family. They were assaulted and attacked without warning or provocation.”
The incident unfolded as Lyle was en route to Miami International Airport with his wife, actress Ana Araujo, and two young children. His brother-in-law, Lucas Delfino, was driving them to the airport to catch a flight back to Mexico. Delfino’s son was also in the car.
Delfino accidentally got off onto Northwest 27th Avenue off the Dolphin Expressway. Trying to make a U-turn to get back on the expressway, he cut off Hernandez. Both cars stopped at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 14th Street.
Widely circulated surveillance video shows that Hernandez got out and angrily banged on the driver’s window of the other car. Delfino got out of the car and the two began cursing at each other. The car was not in park and started rolling into the intersection.
Delfino ran back to the car to put it in park. In that moment, as Hernandez walked back toward his own car, Lyle got out of the passenger seat and ran toward the motorist and punched him.
A Miami-Dade prosecutor described the blow as “extraordinary.”