Lauderdale Lakes man sentenced in January fatal I-95 crash

Published On: May 22 2013 07:18:40 PM EDT
Updated On: May 23 2013 06:21:24 AM EDT

A Broward County Circuit Court judge rules a driver involved in a fatal crash near a canal on I-95 must permanently surrender his license.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -

A Broward County Circuit Court judge rules a driver involved in a fatal crash near a canal on I-95 must permanently surrender his license.

The crash occurred Jan. 2 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 south of Hillsboro Boulevard.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 37-year-old Romial Romeus' Nissan Altima sideswiped a Hyundai Sonata which then struck the Lexus, causing the driver of the Lexus to lose control and drive off the roadway into the lake.

Romeus was charged with careless driving, FHP announced in March.

In a court hearing Wednesday, Romeus was fined $4,000. FHP said his driver's license was permanently revoked and he was instructed to complete 120 hours of community service.

The occupants of the Lexus SUV -- Sandalie Jean Baptiste, 20; Guivens Daverman, 16; Nadege Theodore, 37; and, her daughter Lyn, 15 -- were killed in the crash. The four were returning from the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Divers immediately recovered the bodies of Jean Baptiste, Daverman, and Nadege Theodore. Lyn Theodore's body was found the next day. Jean Baptiste died several days later at Broward Health North.

FHP released 911 calls showing operators having a hard time pinpointing the location of the crash.

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