Immokalee man, whose license had been suspended 11 times, charged with DUI manslaughter

An Immokalee man whose license has been suspended 11 times has been charged with manslaughter stemming from a 2001 fatal accident in which he had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit.

Alejandro Garcia Miranda, 45, also known as Arturo Miranda, 38, was taken from the Collier County jail in Immokalee, where he had been held since Sept. 13 on a violation of probation charge for a child abuse conviction and Lee County’s manslaughter warrant.

At the time, Miranda listed his home address as the 100 block of Verios Way in Immokalee. He was convicted in 2006 of child abuse without great harm for an offense involving a 4-year-old child that occurred in May 2005. He was sentenced to a year in the county jail and a year’s state probation.

It was unclear why he hadn’t previously been arrested on the Jan. 17, 2002, warrant charging him with manslaughter in the Oct. 13, 2001, death of Willane Cyraique, even though he had been jailed during that time for at least the child abuse charge.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the Oct. 13, 2001, crash and secured the warrant.

According to the 2002 warrant, Miranda, driving a 1995 Oldsmobile 8, crashed into a 1988 Toyota 4-Runner driven by Cyraique, 47. Cyraique died at the scene of the 2:40 p.m. crash near Bell Boulevard on State Road 82 in Lehigh Acres. She was driving her husband’s Toyota.

Miranda’s car went left of center, colliding head-on with Cyraique’s vehicle. Cyraique’s vehicle flipped several times. She was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Miranda’s blood-alcohol level was tested at about 0.301 percent, according to an arrest warrant by then- Cpl. David Drake, the Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide investigator who was in charge of the investigation at the time.

He is now a law enforcement officer in Marianna and couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. In Florida, any blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent is considered legally drunk.

While Miranda was at the hospital after the crash, he identified himself as Carlos Garcia. A trooper learned Miranda’s real name and a records search out of Collier County revealed an active warrant for a previous violation of probation for DUI and driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

_ E-mail Valli Finney at vallimfinney@yahoo.com

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