Conan Acevedo of Tamarac, Florida was arrested in the early hours of August 7 after allegedly crashing into and killing 18-year-old Nicolas Garcia while under the influence of alcohol. Acevedo, 40, faces charges that include failure to obey a traffic signal, DUI when accompanied by a minor, and DUI causing death.
Acevedo’s first-appearance court session took place on 8 August where he was ordered to be held in lieu of a $52,500 bond. He posted bail later that day and is allowed to drive a vehicle as long as he is sober.
According to the arrest report, the accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Northwest 70 Avenue, just five minutes away from Garcia’s Tamarac home. The Coral Glades High School graduate was driving south on Northwest 70 Avenue in his Honda Civic after spending the night with his friends when Acevedo, who was traveling west, purportedly ran a red light and crashed into Garcia’s driver side door.
Garcia suffered extensive injuries and was flown to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigators say Acevedo refused treatment on the scene. The complaint affidavit filed by a Broward sheriff’s deputy who was first on the scene describes Acevedo as glassy eyed with slurred speech, a slight sway in his movement, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
Acevedo reportedly appeared to be heavily intoxicated and a test performed shortly after the collision allegedly revealed that his blood-alcohol level was as high as 0.18. That is more than twice the 0.08 legal limit in Florida.
U.S. Army spokesman Harvey Spigler told news sources that Acevedo is a war veteran who was assigned work as a U.S. Army recruiter in Margate after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been transferred to a desk job in Fort Lauderdale pending the outcome of his case.