Willie Dumel, Suspect in Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Family on I-95, to Be Arrested and Charged
The Florida Highway Patrol says it will arrest and charge the suspect in the horrific April 3 wrong-way head-on collision on I-95 that killed Dennis Ortiz, 31, of California, and Albertson Anthony Almase, 31, Kristina Almase, 26, and Lily Azarcon, 26, of the Philippines.
Willie Dumel, 25, will be charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving with a suspended license, according to FHP.
The accident occurred at 1 o'clock on the morning of April 3 after Dumel, who had been fleeing police at the time, went in the wrong direction on I-95 south and crashed head-on into a minivan carrying the four victims near Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
After the accident, Dumel was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood in critical condition.
The crash was so horrific that police couldn't immediately confirm how many passengers were in the minivan at the time.
"We assumed there were four people killed, but we just don't know how many people were in the van," Joe Sanchez, spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, told New Times. "It was that bad of an accident.
"Just look at the pictures," he added. "You can just tell how fast these cars were going. I've been on the Florida Highway Patrol for a while, and I can just tell you, this was a really bad accident."
Dumel is expected to be booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail after his arrest at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.