One dead, four injured in tragic DUI wreck

January 9th, 2012 - by DKRPA

A 22-year-old Florida man faces a host of DUI-related charges after crashing into another car and running over one Siesta Key woman. The young man also faces hit-and-run charges from the pedestrian accident that killed the woman who was out for a jog.

The reckless accident happened on Saturday afternoon, when the 22-year-old driver rear-ended a pickup truck at a red light. The young man fled the scene after leaving 40 feet of skid marks on the road, according to a witness. Then just a half-mile later the 22-year-old caused the pedestrian accident, when he lost control of his vehicle, swerved onto the shoulder and struck the 53-year-old female jogger.

The man kept going though, crashing through landscaping, street signs, wooden poles and eventually clipped another car. The 22-year-old finally stopped after colliding with a telephone pole. He was taken to the hospital along with his passenger, both suffering serious injuries.

The young man’s bail was set at $121,000. He is charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI manslaughter for killing a viable fetus, DUI property damage, DUI personal injury, and hit-and-run.

It is a terrible tragedy that was caused by the negligence of one young man who now faces extensive consequences for his actions. Reckless driving – may it be drunk, distracted or negligent – can cause catastrophic injuries or sometimes death.

When someone’s life is taken due to the negligence of others, the financial losses suffered by the victim and his or her family can and should be recovered. It may be a cold thought to have, but discuss your legal options with an experienced lawyer when an accident seriously injures you or a family member.

Source: Sarasota Patch, “Siesta Key Jogger Dies After Hit by Car,” Charles Schelle, Jan. 8, 2012