Early in the morning of August 22, 2010, Lindsay Armada was headed home from a night of partying with friend at Downtown Miami’s late-night hotspots, Nocturnal and Space. Armada was driving on the Palmetto Expressway when she tried to pass a car, but instead struck a curb and lost control of her car. State troopers reported that Armada then crashed into a tree on the side of the highway. The crash killed two of her passengers, Nicolas Garzon and Luis Suarez, and left the third passenger, Ashley Tellez, in a body cast for six months. A witness estimated that Armada was traveling at a speed of about 90 miles per hour.
Armada was said to have tested positive for Ecstasy, but prosecutors in the case could not prove that she was impaired by the drug when the accident took place. She was also under the influence of alcohol, but it was not over the legal limit. Because of this, Armada was not charged with DUI manslaughter, but was instead charged with vehicular homicide.
If the case seem like it dragged on for a long time, it’s because it did. Earlier in the case, Armada rejected a plea deal, which would have given her two years in prison. In 2014, she plead guilty to the charge, but her sentencing was delayed in order to give her time to give birth to her child. Finally, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Armada was sentenced to five years in prison plus eight years of probation, during which she will not be able to hold a driver’s license.
Vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter are extremely serious charges. Defendants need to consider hiring an experienced criminal law attorney who will give them realistic advice about what to expect as well as who will protect their rights. Before hiring an attorney, be sure to attend a consultation to learn more about the lawyer’s criminal defense experience in vehicular homicide or DUI manslaughter cases.
MiamiHerald.com, “Five years prison for woman who killed two in Miami-Dade Crash,” Ovalle, David, 27 January 2015