Wilton Manors resident David Humphreys was arrested June 28 for a DUI crash from February 2021, leading to the death of 22-year-old Anesty Meléndez Ruiz.
In the early morning hours of February 6, 2021, the 58-year-old was driving 62mph in a 35mph zone on 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale when he lost control of the car, according to police, crashing into the barricade and hitting trees.
“The vehicle ‘exploded’ into numerous parts upon impact. The driver and passenger seats were still intact but far apart,” according to the police report.
Local 10 reports that police said the car split in half and 10-foot flames ignited.
Meléndez Ruiz was taken to Broward General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Humphreys’ blood alcohol content was tested and came back at .238% — almost three times the legal limit in Florida.
Humphreys was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, one count of vehicular homicide, three counts of DUI property damage, and three counts of reckless driving. He pleaded not guilty.
Meléndez Ruiz was buried in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is survived by his parents, Anesty Meléndez and Jessica Ruiz. On the funeral home’s obituary page, friends and family wrote about his love for Bad Bunny and described him as vibrant, bright and caring.
According to court records, Humphreys was in the hospital for 90 days after the accident, 30 of which he was in a coma. He does not drive and uses a cane and walking boot as a result of the crash. He was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI back in 2005.
The state’s request for pretrial detention was denied.
Anesty Meléndez Ruiz (Courtesy DignityMemorial.com)