Man Facing Multiple Charges In Crash That Killed Greenacres Woman, 39
LANTANA — A suburban Lake Worth Beach man involved in a crash west of Lantana that killed a Greenacres woman had significant traces of alcohol in his system, authorities said in disclosing his arrest on multiple charges.
Blood tests done on the driver, 25, shortly after the crash found him to be at least three times over the legal threshold for intoxication, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
The force of the wreck at Jog and Hypoluxo roads was so strong that it threw the woman from her Chevrolet Impala even though she was wearing a seat belt, according to a PBSO crash report. Investigators estimate the man was driving at about 90 mph seconds before the wreck.
PBSO arrested the driver on charges that include DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage and vehicular homicide.
During a court hearing with the victim’s family present, a judge ordered that he be held in lieu of $340,000 bail. He was also ordered to not have contact with the victim’s family. He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail as at the time of this report.
Authorities say he was impaired by both alcohol and drugs as he drove west on Hypoluxo and approached its intersection at Jog shortly before dawn.
According to a PBSO arrest report, a blood draw taken at a hospital within two hours of the wreck revealed that he had a blood alcohol content of .346. The state threshold for intoxication is 0.08.
Later that morning, a PBSO investigator requested that a nurse conduct take another sample from him for law enforcement records. That sample revealed 0.250 grams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of blood.
The blood sample also revealed traces of cocaine, Lidocaine and Morphine in his system, authorities said.
Driver’s car also struck two other vehicles after the fatal wreck, PBSO said
PBSO’s arrest report said he ran a red light in his 2010 Honda Crosstour SUV and crashed into the woman’s vehicle.
He then was redirected and crashed into two other vehicles before coming to a stop. The occupants of those vehicles all declined treatment from paramedics.
He was taken to Delray Medical Center with injuries described as life-threatening.
At the hospital, a PBSO investigator observed that he had a strong alcohol odor. Investigators at the crash scene also reported that his car smelled of alcohol.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Whenever you are behind the wheel of a car, please make sure you are paying attention to all road signs and signals. If you are in an accident where someone didn’t follow the posted signs or signals, please call me so that we can discuss your rights.”
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