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Jupiter driver in crash that killed two paramedics gets new court date


The driver prosecutors was was drunk when he caused the June crash that killed two paramedics appeared briefly in court Friday was a judge reset a hearing in his case to January.

Genaro De la Cruz Ajqui, 39, of Jupiter, is now at the Palm Beach County jail on DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and other charges tied to the June 1 crash that killed Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36. Both men were riding in an ambulance and worked for American Medical Response, Garcia as a critical care supervisor and Besaw a critical care paramedic and supervisor.

Circuit Judge Laura Johnson in a brief hearing in Ajqui’s case Friday morning set the next hearing in the case for Jan. 17.

According to arrest reports, Garcia, of Port St. Lucie,and Besaw, of Lake Worth, had just dropped off a patient at Jupiter Medical Center and were alone in the ambulance on their way to the AMR station on Indian Creek Drive west of Central Boulevard when the crash occurred.

Witnesses say Ajqui, who was driving a two-door Chrysler Sebring convertible, had been headed eastbound when he tried to make a U-turn in the median near Colonial Plaza and pulled out in front of the ambulance. Police say Ajqui was drunkk at the time of the crash.



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