More charges against Lamborghini driver in MacArthur crash that killed vodka exec, injured personal trainer
04/30/2014 11:03 AM
04/30/2014 6:23 PM
Miami Beach police have filed new charges against Andres Esteban Toro — the man they said crashed his Lamborghini into an SUV on the MacArthur Causeway last week, killing one man and injuring another — after blood tests confirmed he was well over the legal drinking limit.
In addition to vehicular homicide, Toro, 42, was charged this week with DUI manslaughter and DUI serious bodily injury. Police said tests taken just a few hours after the crash show Toro’s blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit.
A Miami-Dade judge on Wednesday ordered that Toro, who is still hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital, post an additional $150,000 bond for the added charges.
Toro, who lives in a multi-million dollar Coconut Grove condo, owns an Aston Martin, a Mercedez-Benz and a Range Rover, and has the means to flee now that he is facing an additional five years prison, prosecutor Laura Adams told the court.
Authorities could not take a blood sample for more than 40 minutes after the crash because rescuers took more than 40 minutes to extricate him from the wrecked Lamborghini. That means at the time of the crash, Toro’s blood alcohol level was closer to .20 — on a highly traveled causeway, Adams said. The legal limit is .08.
“The driving pattern is egregious,” Adams said.
According to an arrest report, at the scene, Toro “was observed to have bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on his breath.
On April 24, police say, Toro was driving the sports car toward the mainland on the MacArthur at 120 miles per hour when it slammed into the back of a Chevrolet truck driven by personal trainer Raul Alfonzo, who had stopped at a red light on the causeway at Palm Island.
Malcolm Lloyd, a New York vodka magnate who was a passenger in the Lamborghini driven by Toro, was killed instantly. Alfonzo suffered serious injuries and is recuperating at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Toro survived and is also at Jackson.
Sources familiar with the investigation say Toro and Lloyd were returning to Toro’s Coconut Grove condo from Miami Beach.
Alfonzo was returning to his Sweetwater home after working security at a Miami Beach bar, family and his attorneys said. They have declined to say where he works.
Police say Toro was driving at 120 mph on a roadway where the speed limit is 50 mph.
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