MIAMI (WSVN) — The driver accused of a deadly wreck on the MacArthur Causeway has taken a plea deal.
Fifty-three-year-old Andres Toro pleaded guilty to charges of DUI manslaughter and DUI causing injury, Friday afternoon. The plea carries a sentence of four years in prison.
On April 24, 2014, prosecutors said, Toro was driving a Lamborghini at a high rate of speed while under the influence. They said he slammed into an SUV stopped at a red light. The driver of the larger vehicle had to be hospitalized for his injuries, but Toro’s passenger, his 42-year-old brother-in-law Malcolm Lloyd, was killed.
With her wedding photo propped next to her, Dr. Lloyd’s widow addressed the court as she recalled the worst day of her life. "Your Honor, I stand here today, weak, nauseous, broken and changed forever," said Solange Lloyd.
Solange said nothing could have prepared her for her husband’s sudden death. "The love of my life, my sole love, adoring father to our boys," she said. "He was ripped away, and now he is gone, in a flash, in a blink, in a breath."
State prosecutor Laura Adams said the plea is a fair outcome. "We believe that this plea strikes the balance between leniency and mercy for a man that did not intend to cause harm but justice also," she said.
Toro’s attorney agreed with his client’s sentence. "Quite frankly, I think that this is a fair resolution," said Roy Black.
Toro expressed his remorse over his actions in court. "I am very, very sorry for the pain and difficulties caused for their loss of family and for the harsh and grief to my own family," he said. "I pray each and every one of you can one day forgive me."
Fighting back tears, Solange replied, "Mr. Toro, I forgive you."
After he serves his prison term, Toro will spend one year on house arrest, followed by five years’ probation.