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Huffing driver who reached 100 mph in Florida crash convicted of killing family

The 2018 crash in Delray Beach killed a family visiting Florida from Mexico and Argentina.
Paul Streater stands in court during a morning break at his vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter trial at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., on October 17, 2022.
Paul Streater at his vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter trial in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Oct. 17.Thomas Cordy / USA Today
/ Source: Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A young man who killed a family in a high-speed crash after ingesting household dust cleaner has been convicted of vehicular homicide.

Jurors found Paul Streater, now 25, guilty of four counts of vehicular homicide in the 2018 crash that killed a family visiting Florida from Mexico and Argentina.

Prosecutors said Streater, who was in rehabilitation for drug abuse at the time, was on a “euphoric” high from huffing a can of household dust cleaner and traveling at speeds reaching 100 mph when he crashed into the family’s minivan in Delray Beach.

Assistant State Attorney Storm Tropea said Streater faces up to 40 years in prison in the deaths of Jorge Raschiotto, 50, his sister Veronica Raschiotto, 42, and her two children, Diego, 8, and Mia, 6. Jorge Raschiotto specialized in adult education as a professor at Argentina’s National University of Lomas de Zamora. He and Veronica, from Mexico, were visiting their sister Silvina in Florida.

The jury acquitted Streater on felony counts of DUI manslaughter and driving under the influence, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Defense attorney Samuel Halpern told jurors that the chemical found in Streater’s bloodstream was inadvertently ingested due to the car having been cleaned and detailed that day. He also argued that a “catastrophic” malfunction caused Streater’s vehicle to accelerate and left him unable to stop.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen revoked Streater’s bond and will sentence him Dec. 20. His attorney said they will appeal.