Accident aftermath

Wife of ‘Dr. Vodka’ suing driver in Miami Beach Lamborghini wreck

 

The widow of “Dr. Vodka” is suing a Miami businessman after a deadly high-speed wreck on the MacArthur Causeway.

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The widow of the New York businessman known as Dr. Vodka, killed in a high-speed Lamborghini wreck last month on Miami Beach, filed a lawsuit Monday against the driver of the sports car.

The target of the wrongful death suit, Andres Esteban Toro, 53, was driving Dr. Malcolm Lloyd across the MacArthur Causeway on April 24 at over 100 mph when the sports car plowed into an idle SUV at the red light at Palm Island, authorities say.

The wreck killed Lloyd and seriously injured the driver of the truck, Raul Alfonzo, a personal trainer. Miami Beach police say Toro had a blood-alcohol level of .173 — more than double the legal limit — more than 40 minutes after the wreck. He has been hospitalized since the crash.

Prosecutors last week announced a DUI manslaughter charge against Toro, who lives in a multimillion-dollar Coconut Grove condo, owns a fleet of luxury cars and a printing and graphics company. His arraignment is scheduled for May 20.

At a Monday press conference, Coral Gables lawyer Ervin Gonzalez displayed a poster-sized photo of Lloyd, 42, with his wife, one-time Broadway actress Solange Sandy Lloyd, and their two sons, Nicholas and Maxwell, ages 1 and 5.

“Sadly, Maxwell’s birthday was on the same day as his father’s funeral,” Gonzalez said.

After graduating from Johns Hopkins and getting a medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, Lloyd began a successful company called Old Nassau Imports and a vodka brand called Double Cross Vodka.

The investment firm Goldman Sachs had twice named Lloyd as one of the top 100 innovators in the country, and he had been featured in numerous lifestyle magazines over the years.

For his academic achievements and his business acumen, Lloyd had been affectionately referred to by friends and business associates as “Dr. Vodka.” Long after he finished his higher education, Lloyd remained a consultant at the bio-engineering school at Johns Hopkins, and created a company that funded student projects in medical engineering.

Lloyd, of New York City, had flown to Miami to meet with Toro, who was interested in investing in the vodka company, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said the two men had come from South Beach’s Versace Mansion, which now houses a luxury hotel and bar-restaurant known as the The Villa by Barton G. Law enforcement sources believe they dined that night at the posh Casa Tua restaurant.

Lloyd’s sister, April Harb, 34, called her brother an “inspiring” man, and said she was angry with Toro.

“How could he possibly have gotten into that car after drinking so much,” Harb said via Skype from her home in Boston. “How could he be so stupid? How could he have been so careless with my brother’s life.”

Toro’s lawyer, Robert Reiff, did not address the lawsuit but released a statement saying “our thoughts and prayers” go out to Alfonzo, and Lloyd’s surviving family.

“Words are inadequate to express our sorrow for their loss,” Reiff said.

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