FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – A man in Fort Lauderdale is currently facing reckless driving and vehicular homicide charges after causing an accident that killed a toddler in Sunrise. The accident occurred close to two years ago.
Andrew Ezequiel Perez, 21, was driving his vehicle at speeds of 70 mph in a 45 mph zone at the time of the crash. He lost control of his BMW and hit a woman and two small children. This was the information available in the initial report.
According to the most recent court documents available, investigators found that Perez was actually driving between 80 and 83 mph at the time of the accident. He crossed several lanes of traffic, ending up on the sidewalk. He hit a woman, Natalie Munzer Alja’Ouni, and her two toddlers. The three people were transported to Broward Health Medical center by helicopter and ambulance. They were all in the hospital for weeks recovering from critical injuries. Alja’Ouni’s four-year-old son succumbed to his injuries.
Perez and his passenger stopped and stayed on the scene. They told investigators that they had been forced to swerve after the car in front of them was cut off. Perez immediately admitted to having smoked marijuana early in the day. A toxicology test revealed that there was marijuana and cocaine in his system. Perez continues to be cooperative in the investigation.
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