Under Florida law, a person who drives with a blood alcohol level that is as much as 0.08 or higher can charged for driving under the influence. A woman who was involved in a fatal accident has now been charged with DUI since it was found that her level was at .092. The police have also said that she was under the influence of other drugs, including prescriptions medications and illegal substances, when the accident took place. These drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine, benzoylecgonine, nordiazepam and diazepam.
A 22-year-old man was killed in the accident. He was riding his skateboard at the time, and he was struck by the car that the woman was driving. The accident took place back in February 2014.
The man was in the bicycle lane when he was hit. The car apparently left its lane and entered the bicycle lane before striking him, putting the fault with the driver. She then kept on driving, but she did not go far before getting off the highway.
According to reports of the accident, the man was thrown into the air and struck the vehicle. He then landed in the bushes.
The police put out a warrant for the woman’s arrest, and she then turned herself in. She is currently being held in the Daytona Beach jail, and she faces charges for DUI manslaughter.
A driver may be charged with both a prescription DUI and an alcohol DUI. A defendant should understand what those charges mean, as well as the possible consequences. Florida criminal defense attorneys protect their clients’ rights to a fair and impartial trial.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Driver in fatal skateboarder crash charged with DUI manslaughter” Kevin P. Connolly, May. 01, 2014