A man, pregnant woman and her unborn baby died after the car they were passengers in raced through a red traffic light at more than 100 mph and slammed into a car before ricocheting into a third vehicle, police said.
On Oct. 8, Tomas Javier Rodriguez, 25, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant in connection to the deadly crash last spring.
According to Homestead investigators, around 10:15 p.m. May 1., video from a gas station allegedly shows Rodriguez, who is from Miami, was speeding in his 2015 Infiniti Q50 when he ran the light turning red and t-boned a Pathfinder. Rodriguez’s vehicle then careened into a Honda Pilot that was turning out of a Dairy Queen parking lot.
The black box on Rodriguez’s car clocked his speed at the time of the crash at 109 m.p.h., investigators said.
Joshua Nicholas Guerra, 23, was riding in the front passenger seat of Rodriguez’s vehicle and died at the scene. Lunane Castellano, 30, and eight-months-pregnant Krystine Aras, 28, were in the car’s backseat. Castellano was critically injured but survived the crash, while Aras was rushed to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Doctors were unsuccessful in their attempt to save Aras’ unborn baby son, who she reportedly had named Damian.
Rodriguez, the Infiniti driver, was treated at a local trauma center and allegedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.26 percent — over three times past Florida’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. A Homestead police officer allegedly had detected “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from Rodriguez’s wrecked vehicle and authorities later confiscated 30 grams of the drug from Rodriquez at the hospital, Miami’s WPLG reported.
Rodriguez is charged with three counts each of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DUI with damage to property, as well as one count each of DUI with serious bodily injuries, running a red light, and driving without a license.
According to WPLG, Aras’ aunt said the pregnant woman who died had two daughters and lost her unborn son “because of [Rodriguez’s] negligence.”
“She was a beautiful person inside and out. She had many friends that loved her. She just made the big mistake being with this person that was no good,” the aunt told the television station, noting Rodriguez was Aras’ boyfriend.