Driver Who Killed Pregnant Woman in Fort Lauderdale Crash is Charged

Posted on May 14, 2012

A woman who crashed her car into a Fort Lauderdale pool cabana last March, killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child, has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter.

As reported in a previous blog, the 34-year-old driver smashed into the poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale after losing control of her car. The victim was a tourist from Boston and was seven months pregnant at the time of the accident. She had won the trip to Fort Lauderdale through her church and was attending a marriage conference.

According to the search warrant, the accused told investigators that she had ordered a “martini and appetizers” at a local restaurant the day of the accident. She then reportedly got into an argument with her husband, left the restaurant, and sped out of the parking lot in her Audi.

She traveled a block-and-a-half before crashing.

According to recently released blood alcohol test results, the driver had a level of .24% — three times over the legal limit. She claims she didn’t remember crashing into the building.

Along with the two DUI manslaughter charges, she has also been charged with two counts of DUI property damage. Under current Florida law, she cannot be charged in connection with the death of the unborn child.

The driver was arrested and was later released on bail.

The death of a loved one is one of life’s most painful experiences — especially if that death is due to negligence or the wrongful act of another. The Florida wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah are here to help your family hold those responsible for an avoidable death accountable for their actions. If you believe you have a case, call us at (800) 533-3555.

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