Broward man charged with DUI in Keys road death

A deadly crash on the Seven Mile Bridge on April 17 put a Miami-Dade County man in jail Thursday under a charge of manslaughter while driving under the influence.

Xavier A. Ycaza, 23, remained in the Stock Island Detention Center with no bond allowed at press time Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested Ycaza “immediately” after his release from the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where he was recovering from injuries suffered during the head-on crash he is charged with causing.

Floyd O. DeVos, 79, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died in the crash. Nancy DeVos, 76, riding with her husband of 59 years, was hospitalized with critical injuries. She later was discharged from Jackson Memorial.
Nancy and Floyd DeVos were regular visitors to the Sunshine Key RV Resort.

“Floyd spent the last years of his life enjoying the Florida Keys and its amazing fishing,” says an obituary published in the Grand Rapids Press. “Floyd had a loving nature and was always willing to help anyone.”

Floyd DeVos was driving south over the Seven Mile Bridge with Nancy as passenger in their 1999 Chevrolet when Ycaza’s northbound 2013 Nissan swerved into the southbound lanes and slammed their car at 8:50 p.m.

Floyd DeVos died before he could be taken by air ambulance to Ryder, said FHP Lt. Kathleen McKinney.

Ycaza, a resident of Golden Beach, an oceanfront community near the Broward County line, is charged with DUI-causing death, DUI-serious injury and DUI-property damage.

Floyd DeVos’ death was ninth traffic fatality of 2013 in Monroe County.

Wheelchair user hit

A wheelchair user trying to cross U.S. 1 at night was hit by a car May 7 in Marathon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Frank W. Studley, 62, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Ryder after initial treatment.

Studley was crossing from the gulfside near 39th Street around 9 p.m., and “failed to yield the right of way and traveled directly into the path” of a northbound Chrysler, driven by Brent McDougall of Chadds Ford, Pa., reported Trooper Yudiel Santana. No charges were filed. No one in the car was injured.

Traffic in the northbound lanes was routed around the crash scene for about 90 minutes.

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