Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison in 2019 Fatal Deerfield Beach DUI Crash

Raphael Vilela, 23, previously pled guilty to charges stemming from the March 10, 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old Thais Haug

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A Broward judge sentenced a man to 15 years in prison and another 15 years probation for a 2019 DUI crash that killed a 19-year-old.

Raphael Candido Vilela pleaded guilty to more than a dozen criminal charges. Tuesday was his sentencing day. 

Vilela’s family packed the courtroom, along with friends and relatives of the 19-year-old Thais Haug, who was killed in the crash.

“My daughter was beautiful, my daughter was healthy, and she was killed, and I will never get her back. Never, ever, ever,” said Haug's mother Veronica outside the courtroom. “It doesn’t matter what happens here."

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Vilela was speeding westbound on West Hillsboro Boulevard just before 4 a.m. when his BMW 530i crashed into a 2018 Tesla Model 3 that was turning onto Country Club Boulevard.

The BMW caught fire while the impact of the crash caused the passenger side, rear seats and trunk to rip off the Tesla, according to BSO.

Haug died from her injuries while the driver of the Tesla, Sebastian Espinoza, was treated for minor injuries. Vilela and three other passengers in the Tesla suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized in intensive care.

Vilela was later charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving.

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