A Volusia County man who faces charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide appeared before a judge on Monday. Louis Prinzo's bond was set at $100,000.
Prinzo, 23, was driving southbound on Interstate 95 in July of 2012 when he was stopped by a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol. The trooper said after Prinzo pulled over on the shoulder of the road, he attempted to cut across all lanes of traffic, hitting two cars.
Lane Burnsed, 18, and Meredith Smith, 17, were killed in the crash. Three others were injured.
At the time, investigators said Prinzo admitted to being on prescription pain medication and marijuana. More than a year later, investigators said blood test analyzed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed that high levels of these drugs were present in Prinzo's system at the time of the incident. Charges were filed, and he was arrested.
Prinzo's mother, Shelly, was in court on Monday pleading for the judge to go easy on her son.
"My husband had a stroke," she said. "I'm in poor health, and my son supports us."
Burnsed's family posted a statement on their Facebook page, which read: "We are not angry or bitter and our heart goes out to Louis Prinzo and his family. We can only imagine the hurt and stress that they are going through. Almost anyone could end up in the same situation be it not for the grace of God."