Driver In Crash That Killed Davie Man Charged With DUI Manslaughter
DAVIE — A man charged in a deadly crash that killed a Davie man had a blood-alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit, authorities said.
The man, 32, of Plantation, is facing nine counts including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a collision that killed a man of Davie.
Toxicology test results showed the other driver’s blood alcohol level registered .152, well above Florida’s 0.08 legal limit, according to the arrest report.
A police officer who arrived shortly after the crash tried to help the victim who was seriously injured and still trapped in his car. But the officer couldn’t get him out by himself. He had to be cut from the wreckage by fire rescue crews.
He was airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital where he died days later.
According to the report, the driver was headed east in the 6400 block of Griffin Road when he blew through a red light and plowed into the driver’s side of the Kia Optima near the intersection of Griffin Road and Davie Road.
The truck T-boned the victim’s car, which had the right of way, as it was headed north on Davie Road in the left lane, the report stated. Surveillance video at the intersection clearly showed the driver running the red light, according to police.
One officer said he saw him standing by his pickup truck and heard him yelling, “Man, why the [expletive] was I driving?”
A passenger in the truck had a laceration to his face, but was otherwise unhurt. In the report, the officer noted that both men showed signs of alcohol impairment.
Before being taken to the hospital, the passenger told police that the driver was driving at the time of the crash, the report stated.
In a sworn statement to police, he admitted to drinking alcohol and using marijuana prior to driving that night and consented to having his blood drawn at the hospital for toxicology testing. He was arrested and booked into the Broward Jail. He faces multiple charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Cases involving accidents with trucks are always subject to heightened scrutiny because of the additional regulations placed on drivers of those vehicles. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where drivers blatantly violate these regulations, which results in catastrophic consequences.”
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