Family members crowded a Miami courtroom Monday as a man accused of killing four people in a crash on Interstate 95 in August was formally arraigned on charges of DUI manslaughter.
Lionel Orrego, 42, is facing charges including four counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury and three counts of DUI with property damage in the August 31 crash.
The crash killed 21-year-old Alina Ghani, 38-year-old Eugene Benjamin, 25-year-old John Brady Garzon and 27-year-old Meryl Diaz.
“Our family, our daughter, her daughter, his son was helping somebody, helping and was killed,” Diaz’s father, Vladimir, told reporters after Monday’s hearing.
The crash happened on I-95 near Northwest 62nd Street when a group of motorcyclists stopped to help another person on a motorcycle who had crashed, authorities said. Minutes later, a white van driven by Orrego crashed into the group, authorities said.
Prosecutors said a cold six-pack of beer and an empty bottle of beer were found in the van. In addition to the four people killed five others were hospitalized.
Orrego is from Argentina and prosecutors said they’re worried about him leaving the country. He was ordered to surrender all passports.
Prosecutors asked for an increased bond for Orrego but the judge left his bond at $118,000, adding house arrest. Orrego also has to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
“What I’m trying to do here is get justice,” one family member said. “We need justice.”