The incorrect-way driver who killed a detailed knit-group of 5 associates — together with an NYU-bound artist — has been arrested and charged with 5 counts of vehicular murder, officers stated.
Maiky Simeon was driving towards visitors on the Palmetto Expressway at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning and crashed head-on right into a Honda sedan carrying the group.
All 5 occupants — aged 18 to 25 — had been pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Simeon was extracted from his Infiniti sedan by emergency employees and brought to a hospital the place he stays with severe accidents.
The Florida Freeway Patrol introduced that he was formally arrested and charged in reference to the horrific wreck.
“Mr. Simeon has been arrested and charged with 5 counts of Vehicular Murder,” the company stated. “Troopers are awaiting the outcomes of a toxicology report to find out if impairment was a contributing issue. Whether it is decided that Mr. Simeon was impaired on the time of the crash, extra costs can be filed.”
Officers stated Simeon is underneath guard on the hospital and can be taken to jail and arraigned after his discharge.
The victims had been recognized as Valeria Cáceres, Daniela Marcano, Valeria Peña, Giancarlo Arias and driver Briana Pacalagua.
In accordance with the Miami Herald, Arias was heading to school at New York College and the group was celebrating his receipt of a scholarship.
Tributes and donations continued to pour in for the crash victims and their households Tuesday.
Pacalagua’s devastated grandmother, Clara Cortes, described her to CBS 4.
“My granddaughter was an ideal lady,” she advised the station in Spanish. “She was very studious. She was marvelous. She did the whole lot. She was a tough employee. She would deliver me candies and flowers. She was an excellent good friend to everybody.”