Judge Says Man Facing DUI Manslaughter Cannot Leave Country

Mario Caraega, 43, was released on $10,000 bond after the Sept. 2010 incident when he collided his car with Nancy Lopez-Ruiz's motorcycle

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    Nancy Lopez-Ruiz

    A judge ruled that the man charged with the DUI manslaughter of a Miami Heat dancer cannot leave the country for business, the Sun Sentinel reported.

    Mario Caraega, 43, was released on $10,000 bond after the Sept. 2010 incident when he collided his Mercedes-Benz with Nancy Lopez-Ruiz's motorcycle. He requested the business trip to travel to Mexico City for his Fort Lauderdale insurance brokerage firm, according to the newspaper.
     
    Lopez-Ruiz, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was thrown from her motorcycle.
       
    Authorities say Caraega swerved into her lane on East Sunrise Boulevard. He told police he had two vodka drinks before he hit her motorcycle with his car.
     
    Lopez-Ruiz was set to begin her first season with the Heat.
     
    "Nancy was a lovely young woman with an upbeat personality," Eric Woolworth of the Heat said in a statement. "Her fierce passion for dancing was contagious. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and teammates."

    Caraega's next court appearance is scheduled for March, the newspaper reported.