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Truck driver faces drunk driving charges for fatal January crash

On Jan. 22, a 61-year-old Florida man lost his life in a road accident. In the same crash, his 56-year-old wife and 31-year-old son also died. Now, almost nine months later, a 31-year-old Ocala man has been arrested for causing the fatal drunk driving accident. Reportedly, the deceased man was a congressional candidate in 2016.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the alleged drunk driver was traveling west on State Road 326 in Marion County on Jan. 22. He apparently lost control of the tow truck he was operating. He drove off the roadway and collided with the SUV of the deceased driver after first striking two mailboxes. The tow truck belonged to a towing company.

The tow truck driver suffered serious injuries in the collision, and he was taken to a regional medical center. He was arrested on Sept. 3. This man will now have to face three counts each of DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

Any time when loved ones are killed in car accidents that are caused by the negligence of others, the surviving family members of the deceased may pursue claims for financial relief. If it was a case of drunk driving, the alleged drunk driver could be named as the defendant, and if that person was working at the time of the accident, the employer could also be added as a defendant. Navigating wrongful death lawsuits can be challenging, and for that reason, the services of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney may be sought. A monetary judgment may cover the costs of the end-of-life arrangements along with other financial and emotional damages.

Source:, "FHP arrests tow truck driver drunk in crash that killed one-time Congressional candidate, wife and son", Sept. 3, 2017

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