MIAMI, FL—An arrest warrant has been issued for the Miami driver who was inebriated when he became involved in a violent 5-fatality crash that occurred on Interstate 95 in March 2011. According to information provided by the Miami Herald, 24-year-old Carlos Augusto Lacayo, the South Florida drunk driver charged with five counts of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in connection with the fatal I-95 accident, could potentially serve up to 75 years in prison if he is convicted.
Lacayo was behind the wheel of a 2010 Honda Accord (which Miami-Dade court documents indicate belonged to his mother), traveling in the highway’s express lane, when his vehicle abruptly swerved onto the shoulder. Upon doing so, the Honda crashed through a concrete barrier and subsequently slammed into several Miami drivers and passengers who were situated on the shoulder. Those individuals were apparently awaiting the arrival of Miami-Dade Police officers following a previous minor accident with an immobilized vehicle at the time.
Reports indicated five of those Miami car accident victims lost their lives in the violent Florida I-95 accident. Authorities said four of the crash victims, whom were identified as 23-year-old Emerson Michael Kastenholz, 22-year-old Antuan Fernandez Perez, 57-year-old Evidia Rodriguez and 48-year-old Mirtha Queipo, were pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal highway crash. The last victim, 38-year-old Ana Belkis Gomez, was initially rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, though her injuries ultimately proved fatal five days later.
Lacayo was given a toxicology test four hours after the Miami wreck occurred, as he was receiving medical treatment for unspecified injuries. Toxicology results indicated Lacayo had a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of .127. Furthermore, the Miami driver reportedly told one of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers who responded to the scene that he had consumed alcoholic beverages at a nightclub before the horrific I-95 car crash occurred.
Reports noted that accident victim Emerson Michael Kastenholz’s family filed a lawsuit, likely claiming wrongful death, in connection with the deadly South Florida collision. The pending litigation names both Carlos Augusto Lacayo and his mother, Claudia as defendants. The owner of the immobilized car involved in the first minor crash was also named as a defendant.
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