A driver has been arrested in connection with a deadly pedestrian crash.
David John Bartolino, 46, of Boca Raton, was crossing the Lantana Bridge on E. Ocean Ave., when a Mercedes Benz C280 struck and killed him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver, identified as a 57-year old man of Boynton Beach, refused to give a voluntary blood sample, according to an affidavit.
The 57-year old asked to be taken to a hospital where his blood was drawn, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Blood was also drawn based on a warrant. All of the tests showed a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08, according to FHP.
A trooper wrote in a report that the 57-year old failed to see Bartolino crossing the road even though the pedestrian was wearing an orange reflective vest. Based on the distance of the pedestrian from the crash scene, the 57-year old was traveling at least 59 mph in a 30-mile zone, troopers concluded.
The 27-year old has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.
Anyone with additional information concerning the crash should contact FHP.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in the death of a pedestrian. 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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