Repeat DUI offender kills 2 after losing control of his car

July 18th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Sometimes a DUI is just a simple, albeit unfortunate, story: a Florida resident makes the negligent choice to drink and drive, gets pulled over and, with a blood alcohol level just over the legal limit of 0.08, they are arrested for their irresponsible decision.

However, there are many other drunk driving incidents that lead to serious or fatal car accidents — and rarely are the circumstances that led up to the tragic collision anything other than sad.

One Miami resident fell into the latter category earlier this month, resulting in the death of two pedestrians who had just finished a funeral trip.

The 53-year-old driver of a truck, who had previously received a DUI in 2007, was driving with a BAC that exceeded three times the legal limit (0.253). He lost control of his truck and “t-boned” another truck, plowing the vehicles into the entrance of a restaurant where the two pedestrians were eating.

The driver is being held on eight counts of criminal activity, including a pair of DUI manslaughter charges and five counts of DUI with property damage.

Suffering serious injuries or losing a loved one in a car accident are horrible events that leave the victims (or their families) grieving and in pain. It can take many months to physically recover from the debilitating injuries usually associated with a serious accident; and the families who lose a son or daughter to such an accident may never emotionally recover.

But when the perpetrator of the accident was a drunk and irresponsible individual, the pain of the negligent incident is infinitely amplified. The crash didn’t need to happen. Victims of these accidents need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible, so that they can seek compensation for their pain and suffering.

Source: NBC Miami, “Man Facing DUI Manslaughter Charges in Jumbo’s Restaurant Crash,” Brian Hamacher and Gilma Avalos, July 2, 2012