Miami-Dade County

Early morning crashes leave six dead, shut down Miami-Dade highways for hours

Lionel Orrego, 42, was arrested on four counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, three counts of DUI with property damage and one count of resisting arrest with violence. Four people died Friday after Orrego plowed his van into the scene of a traffic crash on I-95, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Lionel Orrego, 42, was arrested on four counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, three counts of DUI with property damage and one count of resisting arrest with violence. Four people died Friday after Orrego plowed his van into the scene of a traffic crash on I-95, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Four people are dead and two seriously injured after the driver of a van plowed into the scene of an accident on I-95 Friday, striking two stopped vehicles and several people standing on the shoulder of the highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

They were among six people who were killed on Miami highways Friday morning.

The first crash occurred around 1 a.m. on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes near Northwest 62nd Street after a motorcyclist got into a minor accident and a passing motorist stopped their car on the side of the road to help, FHP said. The driver of a GMC Savana van heading north toward the scene of the crash moved into the right lane and clipped the car’s bumper before striking several people standing on the shoulder.

The van’s driver, Lionel Orrego, then collided with the back of a second stopped car that had been involved in the motorcycle crash, pushing that car into the motorcycle, FHP said.

Orrego, 42, was arrested on four counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, three counts of DUI with property damage and one count of resisting arrest with violence, according to FHP Lt. Alex Camacho.

Orrego’s bond was set at $125,000. He was booked into Miami-Dade County’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center just before 7:30 a.m.

Those who died in the crash were later identified by FHP: Alina Ghani, 21; Randy Benjamin, 38; Jhon Brady Garzon, 25; Meryl Diaz, 27.

I-95 northbound lanes remained shut down for hours, later re-opening after 8:15 a.m.

Elsewhere, Florida’s Turnpike extension was shut down northbound between Okeechobee Road and I-75 after a fatal accident that occurred around 3:45 a.m.

That rollover crash on State Road 821 at Mile Marker 37 killed two people on the Turnpike extension around Hialeah. FHP identified the victims as Yamilca F. Cisnero de Vazquez, 35, and Maria Ines Suss, 60., who both lived in Homestead.

Vazquez and Suss were ejected from a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer that lost control and collided with the right guardrail on the turnpike. Kevin Jose Vazquez, age not listed, was also ejected and was in serious condition at Kendall Regional Hospital. The driver, Noelia Corneil Camilo, 33, and passenger Jose Ramon Vazquez Plaza, 59, were also taken to Kendall Regional in serious condition, according to the accident report.

Several lanes were closed and re-opened at 10:30 a.m.

The FHP is investigating.



Meantime, officers cleared a blockage on State Road 826 westbound just before Northwest 67th Avenue and Ludlam Road after a disabled vehicle blocked the left lane blocked.

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