Additional Charges Filed Against Lamborghini Driver Involved In Deadly Crash
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Additional charges have been filed against the driver of a Lamborghini who police say was driving 120 mph when he slammed into an SUV on the MacArthur Causeway earlier this month.
Bond for 53-year-old Andres Toro has been raised from $100,000 to $250,000 after a bond court hearing in which Prosecutor Laura Adams said that Toro was a “potential danger to the community.”
In addition to Vehicular Homicide, Toro has now been charged with DUI Manslaughter and DUI with Serious Bodily Injury in the crash which killed Dr. Malcolm Lloyd and seriously injured Raul Alfonzo.
Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Thayer said results of two blood samples taken after the crash showed Toro had blood alcohol levels of 0.173 and 0.132, well over the state’s limit of 0.08.
“The defendant was .200 at the time of the crash,” said Adams. “The defendant’s blood was not drawn for a period of time. It was 40 minutes before he was extricated from the vehicle. About 90 minutes after that, he was .173.”
“To be traveling on this expressway with this much traffic and that level of alcoholic intoxication, he is a danger and a flight risk,” said Adams.
Toro’s attorney Robert Reiff argued against raising the bond as a result of the new DUI charges.
“I am recommending that you keep the bond with the same GPS tracking on him,” said Reiff.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Thomas Rebull agreed with Adams, raising the bond to $250,000.
“I’m going to set bond on the DUI manslaughter charges at $100,000 plus house arrest plus GPS monitoring plus with the DUI charges with bodily injury, it’s $50,000 plus house arrest and GPS monitoring,” said Rebull.
Toro was not able to attend the hearing.
“He’s not home. He’s in the hospital. He’s expecting another surgery,” said attorney Kendall Coffey.
We also learned in court that an officer has been posted outside Toro’s hospital room to make sure he doesn’t leave his room. That’s because a GPS monitor that he is attached to does not work inside the Ryder Trauma Center.
If Toro is convicted of all the charges, Adams said Toro could face at least 21 years behind bars.
The accident happened just before 3 a.m. on April 24th in the westbound lanes of the causeway.
Alfonzo was behind the wheel of Chevrolet Suburban stopped at a light at Fountain Street when Toro crashed into him. According to investigators, Toro disregarded the red light and was attempting to change lanes when he hit the SUV. There were no signs of braking before the crash, according to Toro’s arrest affidavit.
Lloyd, who was in the passenger seat of the Lamborghini, died on the scene. Alfonzo, 46, was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. Toro was also hospitalized
Police on the scene noted that Toro had “bloodshot watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” Toro and Lloyd, 42, had reportedly been at the Versace mansion before the crash.
Alfonzo family attorney Glen Goldberg told CBS4 News that his law firm was considering filing a lawsuit in this case.
CBS4 learned that Alfonzo had been working a night shift at the Ocean’s Ten restaurant and bar at 10th Street and Ocean Drive as a security guard. He was headed home to Sweetwater after working his night shift.
Lloyd was the founder and CEO of Old Nassau Imports, a luxury alcohol company. According to a press release, Dr. Lloyd was honored as one of 2012′s most innovative entrepreneurs.
The company issued a statement which read, in part, “All of us at Old Nassau Imports are heartbroken over the loss our friend and leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”