Florida Man With Revoked Licence Crashed His Car Into a Tree and Ran Off as His Passenger Wife Died, Police Say

A Florida man has been arrested after his wife died when he crashed a car into a tree, and he fled the scene on foot.

Kabir Richard Ramnarine, 26, of the central Floridian city of Kissimmee, was driving north on San Lorenzo Road in the early hours of Sunday morning with his wife Ashley Ramnarine in the passenger seat, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The couple were leaving a family party, Click Orlando reported citing the Florida Highway Patrol.

Ramnarine lost control of the vehicle at around 3:23 a.m., causing it to veer off the road, first colliding with a sign then a tree, police documents show. He then left the scene on foot. Ashley, 26, was not wearing a seat belt during the crash, and was confirmed dead at the scene. The couple was traveling in a 2019 Toyota.

Troopers arrested Ramnarine at the Apollo Inn hotel on 670 East Vine Street at around 10:51pm on Sunday, Florida.

Montes told WFTV 9: "As we entered the hotel room after we got a warrant, the suspect had no weapons but picked up a remote control to simulate that he may have [one].

"Troopers were forced to Tase him to get him under control and arrest him."

Ramnarine faces charges including failing to stop or remain at the scene of a crash involving a death, causing death or serious injury, and vehicular manslaughter, according to Osceola County Corrections where he is being held. His bond was set at $12,000.

Kabir Richard Ramnarine
Kabir Richard Ramnarine, 26, crashed a car into a tree in an incident that killed his wife. Osceola County Corrections

Montes told Click Orlando that Ramnarine likely ran away after the crash because he was driving without a license. She said his wife may have survived if she was helped immediately.

She said: "In all of the hit and run crashes we've ever seen, I've never seen someone leave a family member dead on the scene."

The suspect's cousin Ariel Sookhoo told Fox 35 the couple had been married for four years and had "instantly" fallen for each other. Their marriage seemed happy, she said.

"No one deserves to be left like that, like she was nothing, like a dog on the side of the road, she's a human being," said Sookhoo, who described the victim as her "best friend."

"She took me in when I had no one, like nowhere to go. She would always make sure I was okay," she said.

The pair would eat breakfast together every day, and Ashley would prepare her food.

"I just can't see myself without that not happening anymore," said Sookhoo.

This story has been updated to remove a reference to Border Patrol, and to include information from the police report.