Driver sentenced in DUI crash that killed three FSU students

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 16, 2018

Stanley Jaboin (right) at his sentencing on January 16, 2018.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Stanley Jaboin has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for a crash in September 2015 that killed three Florida State University students.

The crash happened at the corner of Pensacola Street and White Drive, when Jaboin's Dodge Challenger collided with a PT Cruiser, killing three passengers inside; Morgan Carr, Vincenzo Libio and Kevin Boos. The driver of the PT Cruiser, Nikolas Bonilla, was charged with drunk driving in the crash, but not with the deaths of his friends.

Evidence presented at trial showed Jaboin was going nearly 100 miles an hour just seconds before the crash and had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal level that night.

In October, Jaboin, 30, was found guilty on all counts of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching a guilty verdict.

Jaboin had faced up to 90 years in prison.

To watch the sentencing and victim impact statements, click on the video player below:


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The families of crash victims Kevin Boos, Morgan Carr and Vincenzo Libio are now describing the impact their deaths have had on their lives.

Morgan Carr's mother told the judge how much they miss her smile and contagious laugh. "This was murder through and through," her mother said, describing Jaboin's car as a two ton weapon.

Vincenzo Libio's mother described the moment they found out he did not survive the crash and days without sleep.

Kevin Boos' younger sister told the judge she is suffering from PTSD and is still terrified by the sound of the phone ringing late at night. Boos' mother telling the judge "We are all living life sentences, trapped here without our children."


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A sentencing hearing is now underway in a triple fatal crash. Stanley Jaboin could face up to 90 years in prison.

Stanley Jaboin told the judge it was impossible to avoid the deadly collision that killed three college students in September 2015.

Jaboin told the judge he couldn't do anything but "press on the brakes and hope not to die."

Jaboin placed the blame on the other driver, Nikolas Bonilla, who was charged with drunk driving in the crash, but not with the deaths of his friends.

"He was responsible ... he put everybody's life in jeopardy," Jaboin said of Bonilla.

Jaboin called the charges against him unfair and says he has been unfairly portrayed as a thug instead of an employed, husband and father to two girls.

Jaboin asked the families of Kevin Boos, Megan Carr and Vincenzo Libio to forgive him and asked them to "let go of my throat."


By: Julie Montanaro| WCTV Eyewitness News
January 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A man convicted of driving drunk in a deadly crash will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

30-year-old Stanley Jaboin could face up to 90 years in prison.

Jaboin was found guilty in October of vehicular manslaughter and DUI manslaughter in the deaths of Morgan Carr, Vincenzo Libio and Kevin Boos.

The crash happened at the corner of Pensacola Street and White Drive in September 2015. Evidence presented at trial showed Jaboin was going 100 miles an hour just seconds before the crash and had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal level that night.

Jaboin's sentencing hearing begins at 3 p.m.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 26, 2017

3:57 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A jury has found Stanley Jaboin guilty on all counts of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in a September 2015 crash that killed three FSU students.

Kevin Boos, Morgan Carr and Vincenzo Libio were all killed in the crash at the corner of Pensacola and White Drive.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching the verdict.

Jaboin will be held at the Leon County Detention Facility without bond to await a sentencing date.

3:48 p.m.

A verdict has been reached in the vehicular homicide/DUI manslaughter trial of Stanley Jaboin.

The jury is filing in now.

2:50 p.m.

The jury is now deliberating in the vehicular homicide/DUI manslaughter trial of Stanley Jaboin.

2:15 p.m.

Stanley Jaboin is on trial, accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in a September 2015 crash that killed three FSU students.

Kevin Boos, Morgan Carr and Vincenzo Libio were all killed in the crash at the corner of Pensacola and White Drive.

The defense attorney is now making his final arguments to the jury.

Chuck Collins disputes claims that Stanley Jaboin ever left the scene of the triple fatal crash. He admitted from the start that he was driving the Dodge Challenger and told the officer on scene that the PT Cruiser pulled out in front of him, Collins told the jury.

Collins called it a "tragic left turn" and reminded the jury that a witness saw the victims' car run red light that night.

"Both of these young men had above a legal alcohol limit," Collins said of Jaboin and PT Cruiser driver Nikolas Bonilla. "But this is where we're at," he said.

Prosecutors objected to the suggestion that it was unfair to charge Jaboin and not Bonilla, but the judge overruled the objection.

Collins also questioned why TPD crash investigators did not retrieve information from the PT Crusier's black box recorder like they did from Jaboin's car.

"Causation is at issue," Collins told the jury.

2 p.m.

Attorneys are now making their final arguments to the jury in the vehicular homicide/DUI manslaughter trial of Stanley Jaboin.

Prosecutor Jon Fuchs says Jaboin acted with "willful and wanton disregard" the night of the crash, pushing the accelerator to the floor and going 100 miles an hour down Pensacola Street in the five seconds before the crash.

That's traveling a football field every two seconds, Fuchs told the jury.

Fuchs pointed to a lab report on the big screen, showing Jaboin's blood alcohol level registering .0237 and .0238 that night.

"There is no doubt he caused or contributed to the deaths of these three kids," Fuchs told the jury.

11:15 a.m.

The defense has rested its case without calling any witnesses.

Stanley Jaboin conferred briefly with his attorney and then stood and told the judge he does not want to testify.

He also told the judge he agrees with his attorneys advice not to call any defense witnesses.

Nikolas Bonilla - the driver of the PT Cruiser - was on the witness list and waiting outside the courtroom - but was not called to testify.

Bonilla was charged with DUI in the crash, but not with his friends' deaths. The defense suggested during questioning of multiple witnesses that Bonilla may have contributed to the crash.

Attorneys are expected to begin their closing arguments at 1:15. The jury is expected to begin deliberating later in the afternoon.

10:55 a.m.

The state has just rested its case against Stanley Jaboin.

The state's final two witnesses were FDLE analysts whose tests show Jaboin was the driver of the Dodge involved in the deadly crash, and that his blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was nearly three times the legal limit.

FDLE DNA analyst Jack Martin testified Jaboin's blood and DNA were found on all the air bags in the Dodge Charger.

An FDLE analyst who tested blood samples from both drivers involved in the crash testified that both BAC's were above the legal limit.

She ran each test twice as required to double check the accuracy of the results.

The analyst testified that Jaboin's blood alcohol level was .0237 and .0238.

She testified that the driver of the PT Cruiser, Nikolas Bonilla, had blood alcohol levels of .0099 and .0098.

10:32 a.m.

A TPD officer who specializes in accident reconstruction testified that Stanley Jaboin was going 84 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Joe Giangrosso testified that if Jaboin had been going the posted 40mph speed limit - or even as fast as 60mph - that crash would never have happened.

Giangrosso analyzed information and made his determinations based on information from the black box in Jaboin's Dodge Challenger.

He testified under cross examination that he did not examine information from the black box in the victims' PT Cruiser.

Defense attorney Chuck Collins asked if he had any information on the PT Cruiser's speed, braking or seatbelt use in the seconds prior to impact. Giangrosso said no.

A TPD traffic homicide investigator testified they tried to find surveillance video of the crash, but could not. Some video from the nearby Shell station showed the PT Cruiser traveling on Pensacola Street and then out of view. He testified that it does show some debris flying from the crash.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Testimony has wrapped up for the day in the trial of Stanley Jaboin.

The state is expected to continue calling witnesses Thursday.

The jury could begin deliberating as early as Thursday afternoon.

11:36 a.m.

A series of witnesses is taking the stand describing the crash and "chaos" afterward.

An FSU law student testified he was stopped at the light and saw a blur out of the corner of his eye and then a Dodge t-boned a PT Cruiser.

Michael Morehead said the Dodge was "haulin" about 80 to 100 mph, he estimated. He says he saw two people get out of the Dodge and then turned his attention to the PT Cruiser.

He testified that people were screaming and trying to pull open the doors to help the four victims and the 911 operator told him to tell them to stop.

Another driver testified that he was about to pull onto Pensacola Street but hesitated and then the Dodge t-boned the PT Cruiser right in front of him.

He said if he had pulled out, the Dodge would have t-boned his car, Rafael Lockhart said.

Lockhart said a man got out of the Dodge and ran toward the gas station and did not stop to render aid. He described the man's build but did not get a good look at his face.

"Unless he ran in with a super hero costume," I did not see him render aid, Lockhart said on cross examination.

Yet the very next witness on the stand testified he saw a guy climb out of the Dodge and come over to the PT Cruiser to see if the people inside were okay.

He looked "shocked and panicked," Dustin Strickland testified, and then walked away.

He described the crash scene as "a whole bunch of chaos."

Jasmine Rose testified she was a passenger in a car driving on Pensacola Street when the PT Cruiser cut her off to get into the turn lane in front of her.

She testified that the PT Cruiser ran a red light just seconds before the crash.

Rose says after the crash she went to check on the four victims. The driver was mumbling, she said. Rose says there was no one in the black Dodge, but she saw a man standing nearby and "he looked distraught."

10:12 a.m.

A Tallahassee Police Officer who was one of first on the crash scene is now testifying.

Officer David Covan says when he got there all four people in the PT Cruiser were unresponsive and first responders were trying to go through the windows and even the trunk to try to help them.

He says he placed a white sheet over the front seat passenger who was already dead.

Covan says at one point the driver regained consciousness and he encouraged him to stay in the car until first responders could help him.

He testified that Stanley Jaboin walked up to him limping and said "There's nothing I could do, they pulled out right in front of me."

Covan testified that Jaboin's wife was on scene, hysterical, saying Jaboin had called her about the crash.

Defense attorneys then questioned the officer about a delay in firefighters arriving to help extract the trapped victims from the car.

He also asked and the officer confirmed that there's a Shell station right across the street from the crash scene.

9:50 a.m.

Wednesday morning, prosecutors flashed the pictures of Kevin Boos, Morgan Carr and Vincenzo Libio on the big screen in court as they described Jaboin slamming into their car. The prosecutor says Jaboin's car was traveling 84 miles per hour upon impact. The PT Cruiser was traveling less than 20 mph, he said.

Prosecutor Jon Fuchs said Jaboin admitted to driving the Challenger and when he was taken to the hospital a doctor described Jaboin as "hammered." Tests would later reveal Jaboins blood alcohol level was .237 and .238, nearly three times the legal limit, Fuchs said.

Fuchs told he jury that the driver of the PT Crusier, Nikolas Bonilla, survived and was charged with drunk driving too with a BAC just over the legal limit.

Fuchs asked the jury to listen to the evidence and decide whether Jaboin caused or contributed to the crash that led to the deaths of the three college students.

Defense attorney Chuck Collins told the jury Jaboin did not flee the scene, as prosecutors would like them to believe, but checked on the crash victims and went to the nearby Shell station to get help.

He claims Bonilla was drunk and violated traffic laws that night too. He intends to call a witness who was behind the PT Cruiser and claims to have seen it run a red light prior to the crash.

Collins told the jury their job is not to assign blame, but to be neutral finders of fact.


By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A man accused of plowing into a car at more than 100 mph and killing three college students is now poised to stand trial.

A jury was selected Monday in the vehicular homicide trial of Stanley Jaboin.

Witnesses say a PT Cruiser was hit while attempting to turn onto White Drive from Pensacola Street in the 2015 crash. Jaboin is accused of traveling more than 100 miles per hour when he slammed into the car.

22-year-old Vincenzo Libio, 21-year-old Morgan Carr and 21-year-old Kevin Boos were killed. They were all passengers in the PT Cruiser.

The driver of the PT Cruiser, then 20-year-old Nikolas Bonilla, was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He later pleaded guilty to a DUI charge and was sentenced to 10 days in jail for his involvement in the accident.

Jaboin is facing three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Testimony is set to begin Wednesday.


Morgan Carr, Vincenzo Libio and Kevin Boos.


 
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