Willie Dumel, Suspect in I-95 Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 4, Arrested and Charged: FHP

Vehicular homicide charges for man in violent crash that killed four

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 7:41 AM EDT
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Willie Dumel, 25, the suspect involved in a violent wrong-way crash on I-95 that killed four people last month, was arrested and officially charged Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. He spent the past month in a Hollywood hospital recovering from injuries. FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez discussed the case.

Willie Dumel, 25, the suspect involved in a violent wrong-way crash on I-95 that killed four people last month, was arrested and officially charged Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. He spent the past month in a Hollywood hospital recovering from injuries. FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez discussed the case.

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Victims Identified in Wrong-Way Crash on I-95

Authorities have identified the victims of the wrong-way crash that killed four people on Interstate 95 early Wednesday. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports.

Police Determine True Identity of Suspect in I-95 Crash

Police said Wednesday night that they determined that Willie Dumel, 25, was the suspect involved in a violent wrong-way crash on I-95 that killed four people early Wednesday. Police had initially identified another man as the suspect, before that man came forward to say that he had nothing to do with the crash and that his ID was stolen four years ago. Opa-locka Police spokesman David Chiverton and witness Jeff Kopelman discussed the case.
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The suspect involved in a violent wrong-way crash on I-95 that killed four people last month was arrested and officially charged Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Willie Dumel, 25, was charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving with a suspended license, FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez said.

VIDEO: Police Determine True Identity of Suspect in I-95 Crash

Dumel spent the past month at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood recovering from injuries he sustained in the April 3 crash that happened as he was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway between Ives Dairy Road and Hallandale Beach Boulevard, authorities said.

But he left his hospital bed for a cell at the Miami-Dade County Jail Wednesday.

“I think he did just about everything that he could within his powers to stay here, ’cause the only place he was leaving, leaving this hospital, was straight to jail,” Sanchez said.

Opa-locka Police said the incident began with a pursuit of the suspect in Opa-locka and ended on the highway when Dumel crashed head-on into a Kia minivan, killing four family members inside.

Victims in I-95 Wrong-Way Crash Identified By FHP

Dennis Ryan Rinon Ortiz, 33, of California was driving the minivan at the time of the crash, the FHP said. Lily Marie Azarcon, 26, of the Philippines and siblings Albertson Anthony Almase, 31, and Kristina A. Almase, 26, were the minivan passengers who were also killed in the crash.

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