Driver in Fatal Lamborghini Crash Smelled of Alcohol: Miami Beach Police

The alleged driver of a speeding Lamborghini that slammed into an SUV on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach killing his passenger smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech when officers arrived at the scene, police said

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    The alleged driver of a speeding Lamborghini that slammed into an SUV on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach killing his passenger smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech when officers arrived at the scene, police said.

    Andres Esteban Toro, 53, is facing a charge of vehicular homicide in a reckless manner in Thursday's early morning crash in the Westbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway at Fountain Street.

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    Toro's attorney, Kendall Coffey, couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

    The driver of the SUV, Raul Alonso, was in surgery Friday while his family spoke about what they are going through.

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    "He's a very good dad," said Raul's daughter Helen Alfonso. "He looks all tough and scary, but he's just a big teddy bear...to me."

    According to the Miami Beach Police report of the incident released Friday, Toro and passenger Malcolm Lloyd, his brother in law, struck the SUV as it sat at a red light at Fountain Street just before 3 a.m.

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    Witnesses told police the sports car was traveling in excess of 120 mph in a 50 mph zone shortly before the collision, the report said. Toro didn't make any attempt to brake for the red light but tried to change lanes, the report said.

    "[Toro]'s actions demonstrated a willful and wanton disregard for persons and property," the report reads.

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    Lloyd, the founder and CEO of Old Nassau Imports who was known as "Dr. Vodka," died at the scene. The driver of the SUV, 56-year-old Raul Alfonzo, was critically injured and rushed to the hospital.

    Toro was still in the driver's seat when officers arrived at the scene, and was found to have bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong smell of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person, the report said.

    While he was being treated by fire rescue, an officer noted that Toro had slurred speech, the report said. Police are still awaiting the results of toxicology reports.

    "There was a reason why he wasn't concentrating on that road," said Alfonso's attorney, Glen Goldenberg. "We don't know if it was alcohol. We don't know if it was drugs, but we know something went wrong on the MacArthur Causeway."

    Alfonso's wife, Yinet Pacheco, said Toro's actions has taken away a lot from her family.

    "My feel is really bad," Pacheco said. "So now, I don't have a car. I don't have nothing. My husband's in the hospital. I have two kids."

    Helen also was at a loss for words of how the accident happeend.

    "Finding out it was a Lamborghini, who could be drinking or something; it made me angry and it made me sad like how can someone be reckless and irresponsible," Helen said.

    Toro was given a bond of $100,000 and if he's released from jail, will remain on house arrest and not be allowed to drive.