Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth is facing DUI manslaughter charges for hitting a pedestrian crossing a Miami causeway March 14th, according to a report. Stallworth’s Bentley hit the man early in the morning as the pedestrian was running to catch a bus home from his construction job.
There are a couple of things to consider in this fatal drunk driving accident in Florida. The pedestrian, Mario Reyes, 59, was not crossing in the crosswalk. Technically, that could put him at fault since Florida does not have the same consideration of pedestrians as California does. You stop for a pedestrian in California- period.
But Stallworth’s blood-alcohol measured .126 after hitting and killing Reyes and for that, Stallworth, 28, could face up to 15 years in prison.
Police said that the NFL player had been drinking at the Fountainbleu Hotel on South Beach and was going home around 7 a.m. Stallworth saw Reyes. He blinked his lights at him as a warning. He was also driving about 50 in a 40 mph zone. One factor that Stallworth does have on his side is that stopped and told police that he hit the man lying in the road.
Stallworth had just signed a seven-year $35 million contract with the Browns just before he was injured and sat out much of the year.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney says it best and it bears repeating. “If you are going to drink, don’t drive.”
Our hearts go out the family of the man who was killed in this Florida pedestrian accident and drunk driving accident.
As skilled Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah, tragic incidents such as this pose many complications in a courtroom. We firmly believe in defending the rights and well-being of clients who have been injured due to another person’s negligence as well as fighting for financial compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, or wrongful death. If you have any questions regarding a pedestrian accident or auto accident in Jacksonville, call Farah & Farah for answers and a case evaluation.