DUI manslaughter charges follows pickup vs. van crash on I-75

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2018 | DUI

Florida drivers who are accused of impaired driving may face serious charges, especially in accidents that cause serious injury or death. There will be no time to waste, and defense options will likely be the primary concern. This might be the case for a 30-year-old driver who faces DUI manslaughter charges after he allegedly caused a fatality in a recent crash.

The arrest of the man followed after an accident on Interstate 75 in which his pickup truck smashed into a van carrying a group of baseball players and fans from a training game in Fort Myers. Authorities say witnesses reported several near-misses by an alleged reckless pickup truck driver on southbound I-75 shortly before the collision occurred. Reportedly, this happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday.

According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, the impact of the collision caused the van to roll several times, ejecting an 18-year-old woman, who died at the crash scene. They say 14 others suffered serious injuries, and they were all transported to a hospital. Reportedly, the injured victims included a toddler and the mother of the deceased victim. It is alleged that the pickup truck driver’s blood alcohol content was measured at a level more than double the legally allowed limit.

This driver now faces charges related to DUI manslaughter and causing bodily harm to others. Anyone in similar circumstances will likely seek the support and guidance of an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can be present during questioning, protect the accused person’s rights and advocate for him or her during ensuing legal proceedings, aiming for the best possible outcome.

Source: twincities.com, “Drunk driver collides with vanload of Twins fans, killing Andover woman, Florida patrol says“, March 9, 2018