A Palm Beach firefighter had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he ran a red light and crashed his pickup into a woman’s car, killing the 23-year-old mother, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.
The 27-year old firefighter, of Wellington turned himself into the sheriff’s office, said his private attorney. He faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving while under the influence and causing property damage and reckless driving.
The firefighter appeared before the Circuit Judge at the county jail. It was ordered that the firefighter be held in lieu of $21,000 bail. He was later released from custody.
He cannot have contact either with the victim’s family or any witnesses. He must undergo random testing for drugs and alcohol.
The firefighter was hired by Palm Beach Fire Rescue. He was not on duty at the time of the accident, city authorities said.
The firefighter, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, resigned his position with Palm Beach Fire Rescue. He was a probationary employee, a city spokeswoman said.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving two vehicles, which ultimately, resulted in the death of a young mom. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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