Driver charged with vehicular homicide in pregnant woman’s death

Wayne K. Roustan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
·2 min read

Juan Gabriel Ybanez repeatedly wiped tears from his eyes but did not speak as he watched a Broward judge address the man accused of killing his pregnant daughter.

An online video link of Friday’s court hearing showed Neckson Marvin Faustin, 27, of North Lauderdale, in a wheelchair as Judge Cory Amanda Cawthon determined whether he would be released from jail.

Faustin surrendered Thursday on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license following the collision that killed Julie Nicole Ybanez, 20, of Royal Palm Beach, on Labor Day.

She was six months pregnant and a passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by William Woods in Oakland Park just before 11 p.m. on Sept. 7, Broward Sheriff’s investigators said.

According to the arrest report, Faustin was driving a 2019 Toyota Corolla west on Oakland Park Boulevard in the center lane, approaching North Dixie Highway, at 92 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The Impala was eastbound on Oakland Park Boulevard when Woods made a left turn onto North Dixie Highway. Faustin struck the passenger side of the Impala, causing both cars to spin out, the report said.

The Impala hit a utility pole trapping Ybanez in the front passenger seat. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews freed her from the wreckage and took her and the two drivers to Broward Health Medical Center.

Ybanez died at the hospital. Doctors delivered her baby boy but were unable to save his life, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The drivers' injuries were not life-threatening.

In seeking a low bond for his client in court Friday, defense attorney Lawrence Wolk argued that Woods was partly to blame for the deadly collision.

“If you have seen the video in this case, you can see that this other vehicle clearly cut in front of Mr. Faustin’s vehicle,” he said. Faustin broke his leg and his elbow, injured his back, and was not impaired when driving, Wolk added.

Broward Assistant State Attorney Ross Weiner said he was awaiting toxicology test results, nevertheless.

Speaking on behalf of the victim’s mother Bridget Hayes, attorney Bradley Beckman noted that she lost a daughter and a grandchild.

“It was obviously a very serious crash,” he said.

Faustin’s bond was set at $135,000, but he will remain in the Broward Main Jail without bond for violating probation on an unrelated charge of carrying a concealed weapon, records show.

Wayne K. Roustan can be reached at wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 561-379-6119 or on Twitter @WayneRoustan

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