STUART — A Port St. Lucie woman facing DUI manslaughter charges related to a 2012 fiery crash on Interstate 95 that killed four people remained behind bars Wednesday after a judge refused to lower her $280,000 bond.
Carolyn Ramos, 41, was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday in Palm Beach County on four counts of DUI manslaughter and four counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a May 13, 2012 crash that killed a man and his wife and their two daughters, ages 7 and 9. The 2:20 a.m. crash occurred in the northbound lanes of I-95, a half mile north of the Martin Highway overpass in Martin County, according to arrest papers.
During a first appearance via a video linkup from jail, Ramos faced Martin County Judge Curtis Disque, who announced the charges against her.
"The judge kept the bond the same," said Assistant State Attorney Nirlaine Tallandier Smartt after the brief hearing.
Court papers don't identify a defense attorney for Ramos and Smartt said she was not assigned a public defender during her first appearance.
"She didn't fill out paperwork for a public defender," Smartt noted.
The next step in the legal process is for Ramos to be arraigned, at which time she'll enter a plea to the charges.
Prosecutors meanwhile, will begin preparing their case by meeting with witnesses and law enforcement officials who responded to the crash.
Ramos was allegedly heading south in the northbound lane on I-95 when her SUV collided with a pickup driven by Demetrius Suggs, 28, of Chattanooga, Tenn., who witnesses said died at the scene.
According to authorities, Ramos was slightly conscious when rescue officials arrived and is accused of being intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Though, details of the FHP crash investigation haven't been made public, including Ramos' blood alcohol content, or how long she had been driving on I-95 before the crash.