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May 1, 2013

Suspect in wrong-way crash that killed 4 on I-95 taken to jail

Willie Dumel faces four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving on a suspended license.

The suspect in the wrong-way crash that killed four people April 3 on Interstate 95 left the hospital on Wednesday for the first time since the incident, and went straight to jail.

Willie Dumel, 25, departed Hollywood’s Memorial Regional Hospital in a hospital gown on a stretcher, said Joe Sanchez., public affairs officer for Florida Highway Patrol Troop E.

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

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

Dumel was charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving on a suspended license in a crash that killed 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.

Hall said bond was set at $41,000.

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. He broke both legs in the wreck.

“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.’’

Herald writer David Ovalle contributed to this report.

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