Who is Katherine Colabella? Drunk ex-porn star knocked down pastor in Miami hit-and-run case
Katherine Colabella hit Reverend Noé Aguilar and then drove off to meet The Weeknd creative director La Mar C Taylor
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA: An ex-porn star is accused of mowing down a priest while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol before fleeing the scene to see a celebrity pal. Katherine Colabella, 31, was driving on the MacArthur Causeway on the night of March 25 when she hit the Reverend Noé Aguilar as he rode his bicycle home from work, according to authorities. Colabella allegedly fled the scene. Instead of stopping to support the wounded father-of-two, she continued driving to her destination -- the Continuum skyscraper -- where she met up with La Mar C Taylor, the artistic director for pop star The Weeknd.
Colabella, 31, was arrested in Miami Beach and charged for fleeing the scene in a hit-and-run incident that resulted in "severe bodily injury". Colabella was known by her stage name 'Kitty Bella' during her career in adult entertainment.
This is the victim who’s in a comma at Jackson Hospital after being struck by an accused hit and runner. Noe Aguilar is a pastor and was riding his bike home from work on the MacArthur Cswy last Thurs. when allegedly struck by Katherine Colabella, who was arrested. @wsvn #1stOn7 pic.twitter.com/ueboYiMKAM— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) March 30, 2021
Who is Katherine Colabella?
According to IMDb, Colabella was born on August 6, 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She currently lives in Cooper City, according to the Daily Mail. The website describes her as a "gorgeous, buxom, and shapely 5'7" brunette". Colabella, who is of mixed Russian and Italian ancestry, was raised by hippie parents and moved out when she was just 17 years old.
Kitty began her career in the adult entertainment industry when she was 18 years old, dancing at strip clubs in South Florida, and in 2008, she began appearing in graphic hardcore films. Evil Angel, Bluebird Films, Bang Productions, Kick Ass Pictures, Jules Jordan Video, Pure Play Media, and Pulse Distribution are among the top companies for which Bella has starred in X-rated films. Kitty has also worked for Brazzers, BangBros, Reality Kings, and Naughty America, among other pornographic websites.
New view from the Continuum valet just after a pastor was critically injured in a hit & run while biking home 3/25. Ex-porn actress Katherine Colabella faces charges for allegedly leaving scene before drunkenly ditching her car w/luxury condo’s valet. @wsvn #1stOn7 @MiamiBeachPD pic.twitter.com/IKNoniBf0c— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) April 12, 2021
According to family members, Aguilar, a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, suffered a head injury that necessitated brain surgery. Doctors also had to put him in a medically induced coma to treat him. Police released footage of paramedics treating Aguilar at the crash site on May 21.
A valet at Continuum found Colabella's Mercedes Benz with a cracked windshield and dented hood. Officers had the car towed away. Colabella woke up the next day, after the incident, and contacted the Miami Beach Police Department only to find out why her car had been towed. Another bodycam video shows Colabella telling detectives her side of the story. Colabella told investigators that she had been drinking prior to the crash and had panicked and fled the scene.
.@MiamiBeachPD body cam video of hit & run suspect Katherine Colabella 3/26, before her arrest for allegedly hitting a pastor & driving off. She says she was at the home of The Weeknd’s Creative Dir., La Mar Taylor. It’s where cops found her damaged Mercedes. @wsvn #Exclusive pic.twitter.com/K3gLZc27nL— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) May 21, 2021
According to the police report, Colabella was identified as "looking like she was drunk" by Continuum employees. She was released on a bond of $7,500. According to court documents, Colabella's public defender entered a not guilty plea on April 6. A trial date has been set for June 28.
Jany Martinez Ward, the victim’s attorney, said Colabella shouldn’t have left Aguilar on the street. “It is a miracle that he is alive and that he is able to recognize his family,” Martinez Ward said, adding that, “he gets very tired. He cannot talk more than a minute long. He is still connected to multiple things, and cables, so he has lost a lot of memory right now.”
“When someone is injured it’s not just the person that’s injured, it’s the family that’s injured”, said Greg Ward managing partner at The Ward Law Group PL, who are fighting for the pastor's rights to receive compensation for medical bills, property damage, the "emotional suffering he and his family will endure and have endured, and any other damages that may arise".
Aguilar used to work three jobs to provide for his family consisting of his wife, Lidia Hernandez, his teenage son, and a 10-year-old daughter. A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for Aguilar's medical bills with a goal of collecting $500,000. Only $35,397 has been raised so far.