Miami man to serve 12 years prison for death of 4-year-old girl in DUI crash

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

A Miami man will spend 12 years in prison for a high-speed Camaro crash that killed a 4-year-old girl on Interstate 95 three years ago.

Shawn Cody, 25, plead guilty Friday to DUI manslaughter for the grisly death of 4-year-old Roldnise Desir in January 2011.

Prosecutors said Cody, driving his Camaro at 105 miles per hour, plowed into the back of Roldnise’s mother’s Toyota Camry on I-95 near the 125th Street exit.

The girls mother and 6-year-old sister survived. But the impact was so violent that the trunk of the Camry collapsed into the backseat, virtually encasing the girl’s body.

The car caught fire, and a boat captain stopped to help, risking his life to retrieve Roldnise from the burning wreck. But her injuries were too severe and she died later at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The wreck also hurled Cody’s underage girlfriend through the front windshield; she survived but not before an extended hospital stay.

Investigators found a bottle of Ciroc vodka in the back seat of Cody’s car. His blood alcohol content was .138 – well above the legal limit of .08.

Cody’s sentence will be lowered to 10 years behind bars if he comes up with $20,000 for the victim’s family within the next month. Whenever he leaves prison, he’ll have to serve 18 months of house arrest, followed by three years of probation.

If he violates probation, he faces up to life in prison because of additional weapons charges filed after his arrest for DUI.

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