LARGO – An intoxicated driver of a vehicle that crashed on Christmas night 2011, killing two of its passengers, was extradited from Uruguay Oct. 4 to face two charges of vehicular homicide.
Diego Cavalieri, now 24, was driving with alcohol and THC in his system when he attempted to pass another vehicle on Indian Rocks Road, lost control and crashed, according to Largo police. Witnesses saw the 2007 Ford Fusion driving recklessly that night; it was later determined he was driving 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.
At around 10:55 p.m., Dec. 25, in front of the Indian Rocks Road campus of the Largo Medical Center, Cavalieri tried to pass a 2000 Buick Century. He lost control and drove off the road. He attempted to correct the swerving, but instead, crossed in front of the Buick and was T-boned.
The resulting crash killed two of his passengers – Thomas Williams, 25, and Sean Wilson, 22, – and seriously injured another, Timothy Talbot, 23. Cavalieri fled the country days after the crash and before the investigation of the crash was completed.
Largo Police Department charged him with two charges of vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless driving causing serious injuries. With the help of the State Attorney’s Office and the State Department, a warrant for his arrest was served and an international warrant was entered via Interpol.
U.S. Marshals arrested Diego in Uruguay, and the Uruguayan Supreme Court signed off on his extradition; the first extradition from Uruguay since the 1950s, according to U.S. Marshals Service.
Largo police booked Cavalieri into the Pinellas County Jail the evening of Oct. 4, after the U.S. Marshals escorted him from Uruguay. He remains in jail awaiting trail.