Out of the hospital, in front of a judge: Driver faces vehicular homicide, DUI charges

Five days after a collision that left one woman dead and four other people in intensive care, the man charged with causing the crash was out of the hospital and before a judge in Broward County.

Raphael Candido Vilela, 20, of West Boca, was ordered jailed without bond on nearly two dozen charges including vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving involving the death of Thais Haug, 19, of Deerfield Beach, records showed.

He appeared before Judge Betsy Benson Friday, with his right arm in a cast and a sling. Despite help from a Portuguese translator, Vilela indicated he did not completely understand the court proceedings and charges he was facing.

“He doesn’t realize what’s going on or what happened,” said Assistant Broward Public Defender Hector Romero. “He’s going through some medical issues and I believe there’s also some potential memory lapses.”

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