$700,000 bond set for man accused in crash

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 17:34:55-04

Christian Crawford showed no emotion during his first court appearance on Thursday.  Prosecutors asked for a high bond because Crawford has been arrested on drug charges before.   A judge set Crawford's bond at $700,000.

Palmetto police believe Crawford was high on marijuana and cocaine when he crashed into the home of Brenda Aviles and Ivan Carlos last April.  The crash killed the couple and their unborn baby.

"It's always a good feeling when we can bring a case full circle and bring a measure of justice to the family," said Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler.

Family members of the people Crawford is accused of killing spoke out after hearing of his arrest.  They are relieved to get some form of justice.

"I expect that justice be served and that he pay for taking three lives," said Fabiola Tapia.

Police said they had the FDLE lab run blood tests and then an independent lab analyzed the results.

"I apologize that it has taken this long I just wanted to make sure we had all of our I's dotted and T's crossed before we came forward with charges," said Tyler.

Crawford's terms of his bond requires him to stay away from drugs and alcohol.