Wrong-way driver in crash that killed 5 on the Palmetto appears in bond court

MIAMI – Maiky Simeon, the driver who was headed the fallacious approach in a crash that killed 5 individuals on the Palmetto Expressway on the morning of August 20 appeared in bond court on Saturday. 

A Miami decide ordered Simeon to give up any journey paperwork together with his Haitian passport. 

He was additionally ordered on full home arrest lockdown except medical consideration is required. 

The decide additionally raised the bond from $7,500 per rely to $10,000 for every rely.

He was additionally ordered to not drive underneath any circumstance. He was additionally instructed to give up his driver’s license.

As per his legal professional, Simeon had a sound license at the time and solely had two rushing tickets and a failure to yield the approach previous to the lethal crash and no different legal report. 

CBS4 has realized that Simeon additionally has a maintain for ICE, which his legal professional wasn’t conscious of.

Simeon is going through 5 counts of vehicular murder. 

Here is what the Florida Highway Patrol needed to say about the expenses Simeon is going through:

“Mr. Simeon has been arrested and charged with 5 counts of Vehicular Homicide. Troopers are awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine if impairment was a contributing factor. If it is determined that Mr. Simeon was impaired at the time of the crash, additional charges will be filed… Mr. Simeon continues to receive medical care at the hospital while being monitored by law enforcement officials. He will be booked into jail once discharged from the hospital.” 

Florida Highway Patrol stated these killed have been in a Honda Accord that was hit head-on by a Silver Infiniti touring eastbound in the westbound lanes round 4:30 a.m.

That’s the place family members and buddies have been stopping by to drop off flowers to honor the victims.

A girl named Francesca, stated, “This was not supposed to happen. I knew all of the victims and I did not get a chance to say goodbye.”

Authorities stated the age vary of the victims is between 18 to 25.

Clara Cortes instructed CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that her granddaughter, Briana Pacalagua, died in the crash.

In Spanish, she stated, whereas shedding some tears, (*5*)

Simeon survived the crash and was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with severe accidents.

Karen Laverde, who stated she was a buddy of the victims, stated, “It wasn’t even their fault. It was the other guy. I ask God why he did that driving the wrong way. I give them my blessings and my strength because if it is hard for us, imagine how it is for them.  Every person in that car had beautiful energy and they were all so young. You know it really hits us all. It is crazy.”

FHP troopers are investigating if impairment was a contributing issue in the crash.

“Crews had to use the jaws to cut out one victim that was trapped in his vehicle, unfortunately, the other vehicle there was no one alive to be saved,” stated Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Mark Chavers.

The investigation into the crash continues.

If anybody has info on Simeon’s whereabouts previous to the crash, they’re urged to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at (305) 470-2500.

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