Jessica Araujo's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when she ran a red light in Southwest Miami-Dade and slammed into another car, killing the driver, according to an arrest warrant issued Tuesday.
Araujo, 25, was being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Wednesday on an $80,000 bond facing charges including DUI manslaughter, reckless vehicular homicide, cocaine possession, DUI causing bodily injury and reckless driving causing bodily injury.
According to police, Araujo was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata south on Southwest 127th Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. April 21 “at a high rate of speed,” when she went through a red light and struck a Toyota Prius traveling east on Southwest 120th Street. The force sent the cars into a Toyota Corolla, which was facing north on 127th Avenue.
The Prius’ driver, Naji El-Kadi, 48, was airlifted to Kendall Regional Trauma Center in critical condition and later died.
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Araujo and the driver of the Corolla, Manuel Suquet-Martinez, 50, were not seriously injured.
Investigators suspected Araujo may have been impaired and withdrew Araujo’s blood at the hospital. Araujo’s first blood draw at 2:23 a.m. came back with a .225 reading, the warrant said. The legal limit is .08. Another draw, nearly five hours after the accident came back at .135, according to the warrant.