DEERFIELD BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Verbatim Broward Sheriff’s Office Media Advisory) — Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Deerfield Beach.
Just before 4 a.m., Raphael Candido Vilela was driving a 2005 BMW 530i traveling westbound on West Hillsboro Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Sebastian Espinoza was driving a 2018 Tesla Model 3 traveling eastbound in the designated left turn lane, turning northbound on Country Club Boulevard.
As Espinoza’s Tesla entered the intersection, Vilela’s BMW struck the passenger side of the Tesla. The impact ripped the passenger side, rear seats and trunk area off the Tesla.
After impact, the BMW caught fire as it continued westbound for approximately 700 feet. The front wheels of the car detached at impact causing the engine compartment to drag across the roadway.
Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue transported all the occupants to Broward Health North with varying degrees of injuries. Thais Haug, the passenger of the Tesla, died as a result of her injuries. Sebastian Espinoza, the driver of the Tesla, was treated and released with minor injuries.
The driver of the BMW, Raphael Candido Vilela, as well as the three passengers, Alive Silva, Giovannia Silva and Joao Coneglian, suffered serious bodily injuries and remain in intensive care.
The investigation released that excessive speed and driver impairment were the primary factors of the crash. Vilela is now facing charges for vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Traffic Homicide Det. Anthony Morales at 954-321-4840 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
Place of Occurrence: 3300 block of West Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach
Driver 1: Raphael Candido Vilela, 20, male, Boca Raton (IN CUSTODY)
Driver 2: Sebastian Espinoza, 18, male, Deerfield Beach
Passenger 1: Alice Silva, 17, female, Coconut Creek
Passenger 2: Giovannia Silva, 16, female, Boca Raton
Passenger 3: Joao Coneglian, 17, male, Boca Raton
Passenger 4: Thais Haug, 19, female, 9/11/1999, Deerfield Beach (DECEASED)