A 24-year old driver was arrested at Orlando International Airport Tuesday, January 12, 2010 and accused of causing a crash that killed two women in 2008. Authorities had “flagged” his passport after he went to Lebanon last year. The man is facing two counts of DUI manslaughter and two counts of vehicular homicide for a July, 2008 crash that killed a 20-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman.
The driver was trying to reenter the country when he was arrested on an active warrant. He is being held in jail since FHP considers him a flight risk.
The two young women were traveling north on Dean Road after leaving SR 408 exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The man reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .085 when he ran a red light driving his 2008 Infinity south on Dean road. He was speeding according to troopers, going 68 mph in a 45 mph zone. The speed literally split the Acura in two, killing the two women at the scene.
Friends of the male driver say he was not leaving the country to avoid prosecution, but to visit his relatives. Our condolences go out to the families of these two girls who have had to wait for justice for so long.
Florida Accident Statistics
Florida drivers ages 15 to 19, have the highest rate per 10,000 licensed drivers of crash involvement (399.04) and drivers 20-24 have the highest rate in fatal crashes (4.24), according to 2008 statistics from the Florida Highway Patrol.
In deciding to charge this man with DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide, a review of the facts of the case indicated that the driver failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection and from his blood-alcohol level, we know he was over the limit considered intoxicated, which is .08.
Did that cause the accident, or were there dangerous conditions on the roadway that may have led to the accident? Was any one of the drivers distracted, speeding, under the influence, or otherwise negligent at the time of the crash? All of those questions will be decided before a jury, now that the male motorist is in custody.
If one of the drivers was negligent and caused this crash, he or she could be held liable for the accident and resulting deaths and spend up to 15 years in prison for each charge.
In such cases, victims could seek compensation to cover medical and other related expenses. A reputable Jacksonville car crash injury lawyer will be able to guide the victims through what can be a complex legal process and help them secure the compensation they rightfully deserve.