A 33-year-old may not remember the horrific accident he caused, but his amputated leg will serve as a harsh and lifelong reminder.
In Coral Springs Magistrates Court, the 33-year-old pled guilty to the dangerous operation of a vehicle while intoxicated.
The former SES volunteer was driving a silver utility when he veered across double lines and into the path of an oncoming truck near the Hillsboro Beach Hwy.
The 33-year-old was trapped for a long time as emergency services worked to free him.
The accident stopped traffic on the Hillsboro Beach Highway for several hours.
Dash camera footage from the cabin of the truck showed the 33-year-old man’s car driving erratically before the impact.
The two-vehicle crash has hampered his ability to volunteer and hold down a job.
His defense attorney said, the 33-year-old and his family were baffled at his uncharacteristic behavior.
Three character references outlined him as a “conscientious” and “well-respected young man”.
He was described as not one to drink, let alone drink and drive.
The truck driver was lucky to escape with minor injuries. The 33-year-old was flown to a hospital with significant head and spinal injuries.
While in hospital, a blood alcohol test revealed him as a high range drink-driver, with a blood alcohol content of 0.195%.
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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