FHP: Passenger Thrown Out Of Window In Interstate 95 Crash
WEST PALM BEACH — A man, whom authorities said had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the threshold for impairment and who was driving without a valid license, is charged in a 100-mph-plus crash that killed one man and left the driver and another man seriously hurt.
The West Palm Beach man was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail where a Circuit Judge set bond at $105,000.
He is charged with DUI manslaughter, enhanced because of the high blood-alcohol level. He also is charged with vehicular homicide, driving without a valid license in a fatal crash, and DUI with property damage or injury.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred when a 2007 Ford Explorer SUV driven by the man in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 about three-fourths of a mile south of Forest Hill Boulevard, veered to the left and slammed several times into a median wall, then traveled nearly another 800 feet, shooting across all lanes, until it struck the wall on the right shoulder.
That impact launched a passenger, who was not wearing a safety belt, out a right rear window. He was killed, the FHP report said.
It said data from instruments in the SUV later would show it was traveling at 103 mph.
Arriving FHP troopers found him unconscious in the driver’s seat and had to help him out of the SUV, the report said. It said paramedics took him and the passenger to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving. “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles. If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”
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