Crime

Sugarloaf man now faces DUI-manslaughter charge, more stemming from deadly Key West crash

A Lower Keys man was charged with four more felonies Thursday connected to a fatal auto crash in Key West on Oct. 31.

Daniel Mira, 36 -- who lives on Mira Road on Sugarloaf Key -- had one count of driving under the influence-manslaughter and three of DUI-bodily injury added to three previous counts of failure to stop and remain following a crash with injuries, one of failure to stop and remain following a crash involving death, two of hit and run involving damage and one of marijuana possession.

He's been in the Monroe County jail since his arrest early Nov. 1. No bond is allowed.

Mira's accused of slamming his Nissan Altima into two scooters, each with two people on them, at North Roosevelt Boulevard and 14th Street.

The victim who died was Karen Cherry, 54, whom police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said lived at the Sunset Marina condos on Stock Island. Three others, also Sunset Marina residents, were seriously injured.

Timothy Cherry, 56, Robert Tosi, 55, and Arline Tosi, 55, suffered serious injuries.

According to the arrest affidavit from Officer Alexander Rodriguez Jr., a witness told police she was traveling east on North Roosevelt when she heard "a crashing noise," and "saw a motor scooter appear to be driving itself as if someone fell off."

She told the officer she saw a Nissan switch lanes and speed off and followed it into the Regal Cinemas parking lot, where it caught fire. She said the driver was wearing a red hat and black shirt, which Mira was wearing when police arrived, Rodriguez wrote in his report.

Two other witnesses provided similar accounts, police said. One said the scooter riders were "crushed" under the car.

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