A Boca Raton man is now facing criminal charges, including DUI and vehicular homicide, after authorities say his BMW slammed into another car in northern Broward County. One woman was killed and three other people were injured in the crash which tore both vehicles apart.
In a Broward County Sheriff’s statement, 20-year-old Raphael Candido Vilela was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and reckless driving.
The crash occurred in the very early morning hours while Vilela was driving westbound on West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach in northern Broward County.
Vilela’s 2005 BMW 530i slammed into a 2018 Tesla Model 3 that was being driven by 18-year-old Sebastian Espinoza of Deerfield Beach. As Espinoza made a left turn from eastbound Hillsboro into a neighborhood just west of Military Trail, Vilela’s BMW struck the passenger side of the Tesla.
The impact of the crash ripped apart the Tesla’s passenger side, rear seats, and truck area. The BMW’s front wheel were ripped off and the car caught fire then slid into another car about 700 feet away, according to BSO.
A passenger in the Tesla, 19-year-old Thais Haug, also of Deerfield Beach, was taken to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach, where she later died.
Vilela and three of his passengers remained in intensive care at Broward Health North. They have been identified as Alice Silva, 17, of Coconut Creek, along with her sister, Giovannia Silva, 16, of Boca Raton, and Joao Coneglian, 17, also of the Boca Raton area.
Upon his release from the hospital, Vilela was booked at the Broward County Jail, BSO said.
BSO reported that Espinoza, the driver of the Tesla, was treated for minor injuries at Broward Health North and later released.
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