Miami man in wrong-way crash that killed four on I-95 gets bond, but not leaving jail soon

 

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A judge on Thursday granted a $100,000 bond to the man accused of killing four in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 — but Willie Dumel won’t be getting out jail anytime soon.

That’s because Dumel, 25, is also being held without bond for violating probation on a 2010 conviction for aggravated assault and stalking.

Thursday marked Dumel’s first court appearance after his arrest for the April 3 crash that four tourists from California. Dumel is accused of speeding north into the southbound lanes of I-95 in North Miami-Dade in a stolen car as police pursued him for a traffic violation in Opa-locka.

Dumel broke both legs in the wreck. State troopers arrested him Wednesday, less than two days after surgery at Hollywood’s Memorial Regional Hospital.

Killed in the crash: Lily-Marie Azarcon, 26, who worked for a Philippines-based real estate developer; her colleague Dennis Ryan Riñon Ortiz, 33; U.S. Navy petty officer 2nd class Albertson Anthony Almase, 31, and his sister, Kristina Angela Almase, 26, a nurse. The two women were single mothers.

While it is unlikely that Dumel will leave jail soon, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dava Tunis nevertheless increased the bond from the standard amount, $41,000.

Prosecutor David Gilbert on Thursday asked for a higher bond because Dumel long ago stopped reporting to his probation officer in the 2010 case.

Defense attorney Andrew Rier said the bond was “symbolic” because Dumel was not leaving jail anyway. He also offered a preview of Dumel’s defense strategy: Shift blame to the Opa-locka police officer who tried to pull over Dumel.

Rier said the officer engaged in a “high-speed chase in excess of 100 miles per hour.”

“What’s missing from arrest affidavit is what could have caused this case,” Rier said. “You can’t talk about the conduct of Mr. Dumel without talking about conduct of the officer.”

Dumel made no comment “under his attorney’s advice,’’ Sanchez said.

By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, he’d been given a jail number and was being booked, said Janelle Hall, spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

“He will be housed at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in the medical housing unit,’’ Hall said, adding that because of HIPPA privacy rules, she couldn’t go into any more specifics about his medical condition.

Dumel’s attorney, Andrew Rier, said he’d been caught off guard by Wednesday’s arrest and was dismayed that FHP had whisked him away to jail less than two days after surgery.

“His legs are shattered and he will not be getting the hospital care he needs in jail,” Rier said, adding: “The loss of these four people can be described as nothing less than unmitigated tragedy. Mr. Dumel is fully aware of the extremely severe consequences he is facing.’’

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