FSU student sentenced for DUI in triple-fatal crash

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 6, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Florida State University student is headed to jail for his involvement in a September 2015 triple-fatal crash.

21-year-old Nikolas Bonilla pleaded guilty to a DUI charge Monday morning. He was sentenced to ten days in jail and one year probation.

The deadly crash happened last Labor Day weekend, when a Dodge Challenger collided with Bonilla’s PT Cruiser as he turned onto White Drive.

22-year-old Vincenzo Libio, 21-year old Morgan Carr and 21-year-old Kevin Boos were all passengers in Bonilla’s car. All three died.

Morgan Carr's parents, Ken and Lisa, attended the plea hearing for Bonilla.

Lisa said, "Our beautiful daughter had such a wonderful life ahead of her. But because of this senseless tragedy Morgan will never be able to live her life... We don't want any other family to go through what we've gone through. It's a devastating experience."

Bonilla expressed his condolences in a letter to the victim's families, which he read in court.

Bonilla said, "There's not a day that goes by where I don't see their face and want to give them a hug. This incident is a lesson I will never forget. I take full responsibility for drinking and driving."

Following the sentencing, the Carrs told us they believe Bonilla should face a harsher punishment.

"If you're drinking and driving and passengers are in your car and they die, the person drinking and driving should be held accountable. That's not the law today, but it should be, and were going to push for that," Ken Carr said.

The driver that struck Bonilla's car, Stanley Jaboin, faces vehicular homicide charges. His trial is set for July.


By: Julie Montanaro
March 22, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A trial date is now set for a man accused in a triple fatal crash at the corner of Pensacola Street and White Drive.

Stanley Jaboin is accused of speeding and crashing into another car.

22-year-old Vincenzo Libio, 21-year old Morgan Carr and 21-year-old Kevin Boos were all killed that day in September 2015.

Jaboin will stand trial in July.


UPDATE
TPD Press Release
February 20, 2016

On September 6th, 2015, Tallahassee Police officers responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of West Pensacola Street and White Drive. Sadly, the crash resulted in the deaths of Kevin Boos, Vincenzo Libio, and Morgan Carr. Due to the nature of the crash, the Tallahassee Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit was called to the scene and began to investigate the incident.

During their extensive investigation, TPD Investigators interviewed all of the involved parties, mapped the scene using the latest technology available, sent blood work to an independent lab for toxicology analysis, and submitted DNA evidence to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

On February 19th, 2016, a final report was presented to Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman for approval to determine the most appropriate charges. ASA Cappleman approved the attached probable cause documents for the arrests of Stanley Jaboin and Nikolas Bonilla. Bonilla turned himself in to the Leon County Jail later that afternoon.

On February 20th, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located Stanley Jaboin and arrested him without incident. Jaboin was transported to the Leon County Jail and is currently being processed. In addition to the warrants issued in this case Jaboin was also charged with violating the terms of his probation for an unrelated incident.
The Tallahassee Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in this case. Lastly, Chief DeLeo and the Department extend their condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The sorority sisters of 21-year-old Morgan Carr, who was killed in a Sunday car crash along with 22-year-old Vincenzo Libio and 21-year-old Kevin Boos, say she had a contagious smile and radiated happiness.

Zeta Tau Alpha's international office released the following statement regarding Carr's death:

With great sadness, Zeta Tau Alpha mourns the death of Morgan Taylor Carr, 21, a senior in Beta Gamma Chapter at Florida State University. She passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, after a tragic car accident.

In addition to ZTA, Morgan, who was a marketing major from Coral Springs, Florida, was part of the Women in Business and Student Boosters organizations on campus.

“Morgan Carr was not only my Big [Sister] but one of my very best friends,” her Little Sister Sam Harris said. “Morgan radiated happiness and positivity and anyone who met her was able to distinguish that within seconds. Her smile was contagious and she truly changed my experience within Beta Gamma for the better.”

All of Zeta Tau Alpha sends its condolences to Morgan’s family and friends. Chapters and individuals who wish to offer condolences may send them to: Beta Gamma Chapter; c/o Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity; 3450 Founders Road; Indianapolis, IN 46268.

ZTA thanks the university’s Office of Greek Life staff and counseling services staff for their outreach and support of our members at this time. Additionally, ZTA is grateful for the outpouring of care shown by alumnae and advisors.

FSU Vice President for Student Affairs, Mary Coburn, also released the following statement Tuesday:

"The entire Florida State University community is deeply saddened by the loss of three young lives in this heartbreaking tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends. All three were very connected and active in various student groups at the university, so this terrible accident has affected many on campus. The university is reaching out with counseling and other services to assist their loved ones, as well as students, faculty and staff."


Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 8, 2015 - 9:30 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE -- Nikolas Bonilla's family has confirmed that the 20-year-old is now home from the hospital. Bonilla was the driver of the PT Cruiser involved in a fatal crash on Pensacola Street Sunday night.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 8, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- The Tallahassee Police Department has released the initial crash report from the Sunday night accident that claimed the lives of three current and former Florida State University students.

TPD says 20-year-old Nikolas Bonilla was the driver of the a white PT Cruiser that was hit attempting to turn onto White Drive from Pensacola Street. Bonilla was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

27-year-old Stanley Jaboin was driving the black Dodge Challenger headed westbound on Pensacola Street. Jaboin was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

22-year-old Vincenzo Libio, 21-year-old Morgan Carr and 21-year-old Kevin Boos were all passengers in the PT Cruiser and killed as a result of the crash.

News Release: Tallahassee Police Department

Tallahassee Police Traffic Homicide Investigators are releasing the initial report from this incident. The information contained in the report is regarding the preliminary investigation from the Patrol Officer who was assigned the case. As is standard procedure in serious traffic crashes, the on-scene Patrol Officer writes the initial report and turns the scene over to the Traffic Homicide Unit for a complete follow up. The information in the report is subject to change as the incident is now being thoroughly investigated by TPD’s Traffic Homicide Investigators, who have received specialized training in these types of accidents. The diagram attached to the report is also subject to change, as the specialized equipment the Traffic Homicide Investigators have access to may be able to pinpoint the exact location of each vehicle.

Please note, Florida Law requires the report be redacted as it is part of an active and on-going investigation. TPD is asking anyone with information about this crash to please call them at (850) 891-4200.

To read the initial crash report, see related document titled "Traffic Crash Report."


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 8, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Tallahassee Police Department has identified both of the drivers involved in a Sunday night accident that claimed the lives of three current and former Florida State University students.

TPD says 20-year-old Nikolas Bonilla was the driver of the a white PT Cruiser that was hit attempting to turn onto White Drive from Pensacola Street. Bonilla was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Bonilla's family confirmed with WCTV Tuesday that he is expected to be released from the hospital soon.

27-year-old Stanley Jaboin was driving the black Dodge Challenger headed westbound on Pensacola Street. Jaboin was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

22-year-old Vincenzo Libio, 21-year-old Morgan Carr and 21-year-old Kevin Boos were all passengers in the PT Cruiser and killed as a result of the crash.

Police say Boos died at the scene. Libio and Carr died at the hospital, according to TPD.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and urge anyone with any information about the crash to contact TPD's Traffic Homicide Unit at (850) 891-4200.

No further details are available at this time.


UPDATE: Natalie Rubino & Chris Gros
September 7, 2015 6:25 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - The three victims of a fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of Pensacola Street and White Drive have been confirmed.

They are 22-year-old Vincenzo Libio, 21-year-old Morgan Carr, and 21-year-old Kevin Boos.

Friends of Libio and Carr say the two were a couple and have been dating since middle school.

Libio's fraternity Phi Sigma Alpha confirmed his identity. Carr's sorority Zeta Tau Alpha did as well.

Libio graduated from FSU in August with a degree in Sports Management. Friends say he wanted to work for the NFL.

"He was always joking around talking sports. He was a positive energy guy. He could cheer anyone up. I'm going to miss him," Matthew Orlinsky, an FSU student who worked with Libio at Brooklyn Water Bagel in College Town said.

Boos' fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, released a statement announcing Boos' death in the crash.

The crash happened around 9:30 last night on West Pensacola Street at White Drive.

Witnesses say four people, including Boos, Libio and Carr were in a PT Cruiser turning left onto White drive.

They say a black Dodge Challenger traveling at a high speed on Pensacola street hit the Cruiser.

Kelly Kirkland was working at Pizza Quick when the accident happened. She said she heard a loud bang and the building shake.

"I walked to the PT Cruiser and literally there was a body in the back seat folded up," she said.

Kirkland said the driver of the Challenger ran from the car into the gas station.

"He was really shaken up. He knew what happened. He was full of remorse," she said.

Kirkland said that driver later walked across the parking lot and turned himself into police.

Kirkland says she'll never forget what happened Sunday night.

"Just the thought of having to call home and say your kid is dead, that quickly. It's just really sad," She said.

TPD says they have no further update on the crash.

22-year-old Vincenzo Libio's fraternity has released the following statement:

The Beta Septaton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa mourns the loss of Vincenzo Libio, a member of the Alpha Upsilon Fall 2011 Pledge Class. He recently graduated from the Florida State University this past summer. Vincenzo was a charismatic, genuine brother who touched the lives of everyone he met. He embodied not only what it meant to be a Phi Sig, but an exemplary individual as well. It is a shame that such a person could be taken so soon from us, but we find comfort in the fact that he and those with him are in a better place. We would also like to extend our sympathy to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and the families and friends of those who perished in the accident. The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa are currently in the process of organizing a philanthropy event to honor Vincenzo and those affected by the accident. We are extremely grateful for the outpour of support we are receiving from not only the Greek Life community, but also the Florida State University and all those associated with it.

Donations can be made through Vincenzo’s Go Fund Me Page at http://www.gofundme.com/c53mgc8s


Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 7, 2015 9:57 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Tallahassee Police Department says that three people were killed in a Sunday night accident on Pensacola Street.

Police say one of the vehicles was traveling west on Pensacola Street and struck e vehicle turning left onto White Drive.

According to TPD, traffic homicide investigators are currently reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses.

WCTV has reached out to TPD for further comment but a police spokesperson would not specify if all of the victims were from the same vehicle or release any other information at this time.

Authorities asks anyone with any information about this crash to call TPD at (850) 891-4200.


UPDATE by: James Buechele
9-7-15 1:29 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- One person is dead and several others are injured in an accident on Pensacola Street Sunday night.

The accident happened after 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Pensacola Street and White Drive.

Witnesses tell WCTV a white PT Cruiser was turning out of a gas station when a black car, traveling on Pensacola at a high rate of speed, smashed into the Cruiser.

The intersection was roped off past 1:30 a.m. as investigators assessed the scene. It has since been reopened.

TPD did not comment at the scene but said they are working on a release for media and the public. The names of the drivers and passengers have not been released.


The Tallahassee Police Department is on the scene of a traffic crash near the intersection of Pensacola Street and White Drive.

We're told that lanes are blocked at this time. TPD is advising drivers to avoid the area. We do have a reporter on scene.




 
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