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The wife of Double Cross Vodka magnate Malcolm Lloyd filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who killed her husband in a flying Lamborghini on the MacArthur Causeway.
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Andres Esteban Toro faces criminal charges for vehicular homicide, drunken-driving manslaughter and drunken-driving serious bodily injury.
Lloyd was a passenger in Toro’s 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, traveling at an estimated 120 mph in a 50 mph zone at 2:50 a.m. April 24. The vehicle was airborne for more than 100 yards after slamming into the back of a Chevrolet Suburban stopped at a red light on the causeway linking Miami and Miami Beach. Toro, 42, and SUV driver Raul Alfonzo were seriously injured.
In a complaint failed late Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Solange Sandy Lloyd brought the civil action on behalf of herself, her husband’s estate and their two young sons—Nicholas, 5, and Maxwell, 1.
Ervin Gonzalez of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables is representing the Lloyds.
Solange Lloyd listed the family residence as Portland, Maine, in the complaint. The Lloyds also lived in New York.
Referring to the police crash investigation, Gonzalez noted Toro’s blood alcohol level after the crash was 0.173, or more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.
Toro, a wealthy Miami residen who was interested in investing in the vodka business, was heading home with Lloyd after spending the evening at a party in the Versace mansion.
The complaint reserves the right to seek punitive damages, stating, “Toro’s conduct was grossly negligent because it was so reckless or wanting in care that it constituted conscious disregard or indifference to the life, safety or right of persons exposed to such conduct.”
Lloyd was a successful entrepreneur known in the industry as “Dr. Vodka.” He studied biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, got his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, founded a health care information technology company and designed cardiovascular clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies, the complaint said.
In 2005, he pursued his interest in distilling vodka and established Old Nassau Imports, the importer of his Double Cross brand.
The brand received a rare 95-point rating from Wine Enthusiasts and received awards from the Beverage Information Group and World Spirits Competition.
“The Lloyd estate has incurred damages for loss of the earnings of the deceased and loss of the prospective net accumulations of the estate, which were reasonably expected but for the wrongful death,” the complaint alleges.