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Florida man facing serious DUI charge after 5-car pileup

On Behalf of | Dec 25, 2020 | Dui |

A man who was driving with an invalid driver’s license is facing some very serious charges. The Florida resident was driving on a busy interstate highway when police say he caused a five-vehicle crash that killed a 37-year-old man. The accused is facing a DUI manslaughter charge in addition to driving with a revoked license causing death, authorities say.

The recent early evening crash closed I-275 going south for more than four hours to allow police to investigate. Two different vehicles were stopped in the center lane heading south, while two other vehicles in the outside lane heading south were also at a standstill. The accused was apparently driving south, but he allegedly failed to stop as he reached standstill traffic. His vehicle collided with one of the stopped vehicles, which then caused a chain-reaction crash.

One of the men in one of the vehicles was taken to hospital, but he later succumbed to his injuries. Two others sustained minor injuries, while others involved weren’t injured. The accused is being held on $15,000 bail. Police did not release the names of the man who died or the others — aside from the accused — who were involved in the incident due to Marsy’s Law, which amended the Florida Constitution in 2018 to protect the victims of a crime.

Being charged with a DUI is a very serious offense, especially when there is a death involved. Florida residents accused of any degree of DUI would be wise to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney. A DUI criminal  charge can be one of the most complex crimes in Florida, and those accused need to do everything possible to aggressively fight the charge.