MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The driver of a car that crashed into a Lauderhill lake and claimed the lives of three young men, including two brothers, is being investigated for DUI Manslaughter, according to court records.
That driver, according to a Lauderhill Police search warrant, is Deshawn Prince.
The crash, which occurred on January 10th, claimed the lives of Shaquille Barrow and his brother Tyrese Legrand, along with friend Nathaniel Morgan.
According to the warrant, investigators say “witnesses advised that the yellow Audi was traveling at a high rate of speed” when Prince approached the intersection at Inverrary Boulevard and NW 44th Street.
Witnesses told police that Prince tried to make a left turn from the right turn lane, then went onto the shoulder, into a tree, through a fence and into a lake.
Prince was able to free himself and swim to shore. The other three men in the car died.
The document also says that Prince admitted to police he was trying to follow another car when he tried to make the right turn on NW 44th Street but “was unable to due to excessive speed, lost control and went into the lake.”
The search warrant reveals that when investigators encountered Prince on scene “he had blood shot watery eyes, was slurring his speech, had the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.”
Police also wrote in the warrant that Prince said he a group of friends were at a Sunrise bowling alley prior to the crash where “Prince stated that he bought a pitcher of beer with another friend who was bowling with them. Prince stated that he had two cups of beer and played one game of bowling before leaving.”
The document says Prince planned to drop off Barrow, Legrand and Morgan.
Rashad Barrow, brother of Shaquille Barrow and Legrand, still cannot believe what happened.
“It’s surreal to me,” he told CBS4’s Carey Codd. “I’m still in denial about the whole situation. Those were my baby brothers.”
Barrow said Prince should not have been driving if he was drinking.
“He made a choice to drive with three other lives and that wasn’t fair to any of the three of them,” he said.
CBS4 News tried to speak with Prince Tuesday but he didn’t want to answer questions.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Prince said.
Rashad Barrow and his family light candles for their loved ones each night and they’re praying for justice in this case.
“He deserves anything that comes towards him because he’s caused a lot of hurt and a lot of pain,” Barrow said.
Lauderhill Police told CBS4 News from the outset that they would be testing Prince’s blood to see if alcohol or drugs played a role in this crash.
At this point, investigators will only tell CBS4 that they are still piecing together all of the elements of this case and there are no charges filed against Prince at this time.
There’s no word in the search warrant about Prince’s blood alcohol level after the crash.