A St. Lucie County man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a Fort Pierce woman is no longer facing criminal charges.
The 37-year-old man will not go to trial and will never face the criminal charges for the deadly wreck again.
A judge decided to drop the case after ruling the State Attorney’s Office failed to meet deadlines required by law for a speedy trial.
When someone is arrested and accused of a felony, they have a right to a speedy trial, which requires the state to file charges and take the case to trial within 175 days of the arrest, according to state law.
The state and the accused drunk driver’s attorney had different ideas about when the arrest actually happened, leading to the missed deadline by the state.
The crash happened when a 27-year-old Rose Benjamin and three other passengers were driving through Fort Pierce.
Police said, the 37-year old was driving drunk at a speed of more than 70 mph in 25 mph zone.
Police said, he ran a stop sign and crashed into Rose’s car, killing her and injuring her three passengers. He faced charges for vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, DUI damage to property, DUI serious bodily injury and DUI damage to persons.
Police body camera footage from the day of the crash shows police putting the 37-year-old in handcuffs.
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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