A 57-year-old man was arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge in a crash that killed a man, identified as David Bartolino, who had been fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, records show.
Authorities say a 53-year old man was intoxicated when he crashed his white 2006 Mercedes-Benz C280 into a man crossing to the south side of the bridge on East Ocean Avenue.
46-year-old David Bartolino of Boca Raton was wearing an orange reflective vest when he was struck by the Mercedes, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Bartolino died at the scene.
The 57-year old was ordered to be held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He cannot drive or drink alcohol as the case moves through the court system.
A man who witnessed the wreck told FHP investigators that he saw the 57-year old step out of his car and said “he just walked out in front of me.” Records indicate that the 57-year old, who also has lived in Palm Beach, was driving at least 60 mph, twice the posted speed limit on the bridge.
A few hours after the wreck, the 57-year old driver’s blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, records show.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. 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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