The driver who caused a January crash that killed four family members, must pay $4,000, give up his driver’s license and complete 120 hours of community service, a Broward judge ruled Wednesday.
Romial Romeus, 37, of Lauderdale Lakes, was issued a traffic citation for careless driving after the Florida Highway Patrol determined that his Nissan Altima caused the crash Jan. 2.
Killed were Nadege Theodore, 37; her daughter Lyne Theodore, 15; her nephew Guivens Daverman, 16; and her stepsister Standalie Jean-Baptiste, 20.
Because the crash was deemed an accident, Romeus would not face criminal charges, said FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky.
“His sentence was for careless driving,” he said.
Theodore was driving her family home after a shopping trip to the Town Center at Boca Raton when her SUV was hit in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach. The SUV veered off the highway at Hillsboro Boulevard, crashed through a chain-linked fence and plunged into a lake.
At the time of the accident, Romeus told The Miami Herald that he did not know a car had plunged into the lake. He could not be reached Wednesday.
Romeus has had three other minor infraction, including one for driving at night without his lights on, court records show.
Gregory Jean-Baptiste, the father of Standalie Jean-Baptiste, was in court Wednesday for Romeus’ sentencing.
“It’s not going to bring my daughter back,” Jean-Baptiste said of the sentence. “But I thank God he’s not going to be driving anymore.”