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Driver Charged with Two Counts of DUI Manslaughter in Fatal Florida Car Crash

Posted on April 12, 2011

A 33-year-old Orange Park man turned himself into the Baker County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, April 7, for causing a car crash south of Macclenny that killed two men in 2009. The man has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter for the crash, which occurred on S.R. 121 near Bobby Sapp Road. Channel 4 News reports the man, who was driving a Pontiac, was traveling southbound on S.R. 121 when he crossed the lane and struck a northbound pickup truck head-on, killing the driver. The collision caused the vehicle to rollover, killing its 21-year-old passenger. The driver suffered a minor injury in the fatal Florida car crash.

Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of the two men who died in this accident.

In Florida, 1,004 individuals died in fatal alcohol-related accidents in 2009, a decline of 14 percent from the previous year. The legal limit for intoxication is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) and under Florida law, an ignition device can be installed in the vehicle of a convicted drunk driver at the discretion of the judge. If the driver had a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15 percent or had a minor in the car at the time, they will have the ignition device installed, which does not let you start the car if you are over the limit. A DUI manslaughter charge is a second degree felony that can bring up to 15 years in prison.

Suffering through an auto accident is painful and complicated. You may not know what happened to cause an accident and may be facing pain, emotional challenges, and mounting medical expenses. The Florida auto accident attorneys at Farah & Farah know how to investigate auto accidents to determine the at-fault party who can be held responsible for the costs associated with a serious auto accident resulting in injuries or wrongful death.