Man Who Killed 2 in Easter DUI Is Finally Behind Bars

Newser - 04-22


(Newser) – Justice has been a long time coming for Florida man Henry de la Hoz, who killed a retired couple while driving drunk on Easter Sunday 16 years ago. Victor and Olga Lisabet had been on their way to a sunrise service in South Miami-Dade when they were hit by de la Hoz, who had been drinking at a sports bar, the Miami Herald. De la Hoz, who fell asleep in his car outside the bar and tried to drive home after waking up, was making an illegal left turn when he hit the vehicle carrying the Lisabets and other parishioners. He was captured at the scene and tested positive for alcohol. After five years of legal wrangling, he pleaded guilty to DUI in 2008—but fled the country before a hearing in which he was to have been sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison. The judge sentenced him to 12 years in absentia.