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Florida man charged with DUI in fatal accident

A man facing his third DUI charge has apparently been arrested for his suspected connection to the death of a motorist on Aug. 21. The 30-year-old Florida man from Port Orange has been charged with DUI of alcohol/drugs as well as several other charges. He is out after posting $102,500 bail, but he will be due in court at an indeterminate time to face these charges.

According to law enforcement, it appears the 30-year-old landscaper was traveling south on Nova Road with a female passenger around midnight on Aug. 8 when the accident occurred. The couple were traveling at a high rate of speed in the man’s pickup truck when the driver failed to stop at a red light at an intersection. As a result, the man’s vehicle struck the driver’s side of a vehicle headed eastbound and about to make a left-hand turn.

The force of the impact spun the second vehicle around, throwing the 47-year-old male driver from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 30-year-old driver then reportedly stumbled from his vehicle. The woman with him confirmed to police that he had been drinking, and a subsequent blood analysis showed a BAC of .122, well above the legal limit of .08.

DUI charge of this severity, particularly combined with vehicular homicide, could spell serious jail time for the driver involved. This is why the burden of proof rests with a Florida prosecutor to conclusively prove the man was drunk or high at the time of the crash. His attorney will work tirelessly to build a compelling defense against these charges by carefully reviewing all the facts of the case.