Jessica Araujo of Miami-Dade, Florida was arrested on Wednesday morning for her alleged involvement in an April DUI car crash that killed Naji El-Kadi. Araujo, 25, faces multiple charges including DUI manslaughter, DUI causing bodily injury, reckless vehicular homicide, and possession of cocaine. She is being held at Turner Gilford Knight Correctional Center in lieu of a $80,000 bond. News sources did not specify a lawyer for Araujo.
According to the arrest report, the alleged car crash occurred at around 1:30 a.m. on April 21 somewhere along Southwest 127th Avenue. Araujo was purportedly speeding south in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata when she ran a red light and crashed into a Toyota Prius driven by El-Kadi. The force of the collision pushed the two vehicles into a Toyota Corolla driven by Manuel Suquet-Martinez.
El-Kadi, 48, was seriously injured in the accident. He was airlifted to Kendall Regional Trauma Center for emergency treatment and later died. Suquet-Martinez, 50, and Araujo were not seriously harmed.
Investigators believed that Araujo was under the influence when the accident occurred, and a blood sample taken from her an hour after the crash allegedly showed a .225 reading—almost three times the .0.8 legal limit for drivers in Florida. Another sample taken five hours after the accident reportedly came back with a .135 reading. Miami-Dade police collected the evidence and issued an arrest warrant for Araujo on Tuesday. News sources say Araujo willingly surrendered herself to authorities.
A similar case was reported in Broward earlier this month involving a deputy from Broward sheriff’s office. Santiago Mayorga was arrested for a DUI hit-and-run crash and faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident and possession of illegal drugs. He was held at Broward County Jail on a $3,200 bond and was transferred to a local hospital for evaluation after spending just one night in jail.
Mayorga was allegedly driving his patrol car along Interstate 95 at around 10:00 p.m. on July 4th when he crashed into a 2012 Mazda driven by Penny Reynolds. Mayorga reportedly fled the scene of the accident. Reynolds told authorities that she tried to follow him, but he allegedly sped up in an effort to lose her. No one was seriously injured in the accident.
After obtaining a search warrant, investigators reportedly found 21 grams of marijuana, 10 tabs of LSD, six grams of Adderall, and various drug paraphernalia in Mayorga’s home. The deputy is currently suspended with pay and has been relieved of his vehicle, badge, and ID while the investigation continues.