A DUI accident that occurred back in 2016 has now landed a Florida father in jail and facing numerous charges that could have him spending the next several years behind bars.
It was October 6, 2016, when Ryan Basdeo, 29, his wife, and his three-year-old daughter were driving in their Mitsubishi Outlander on the 6660 block of Miramar Parkway. Basdeo, who was behind the wheel at the time, was said to have been traveling at more than 60 mph in a 25-mph speed zone when he approached a sharp curve. It was then when the family’s SUV skidded off the roadway pavement and crashed into a guardrail and two trees.
The Sun Sentinel stated that two Miramar police officers heard the collision and rushed to the scene only to find a vehicle with flames and smoke coming out of its engine compartment. Officers stated that good Samaritans managed to pull the driver, his wife, and daughter, who had been trapped inside the vehicle out of it. Medics soon arrived at the accident scene where they transported all three individuals to the hospital. While Basdeo and his wife had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation, their daughter, Sophia, was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood where she died several hours later.
The source stated that the family had been out on the roadway after a hurricane warning was issued for residents in the area as Hurricane Matthew was approaching. Officers said that there weren’t many people out on the roadways during this time.
Aside from speeding and being out on the roadway when a major storm was expected to hit, officials also stated that Basdeo’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) level was recorded as being .10, which is higher than Florida’s legal limit of .08. Now, after nearly two years have passed, the Broward State Attorney’s Office has finally charged Basdeo with aggravated manslaughter of a child, DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury to another, vehicular homicide, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, and two counts of DUI property damage. He appeared in court on Wednesday October 17thwhere his was told by Judge Kim Theresa Mollica that he was being held on $111,000 bond. His representing attorney did request that his bond be lowered as he “doesn’t own properly, has no job, and he has no money.”
Apparently, Basdeo once worked in a warehouse but no longer was capable of performing the tasks he once could after the surgeries he underwent and infections he developed following the collision. Aside from losing his daughter, his ability work, and possibly his freedom, the source also highlighted that court records indicate that he and his wife recently filed for divorce.
Although Basdeo hasn’t officially been convicted of the crimes he has been accused of committing, it is clear he is going to need an experienced and aggressive Broward County, FL drunk driving accident attorney to represent him if he wants to stand a chance at getting his charges reduced.