It has taken investigators ten months, but now a 43-year-old man has finally been arrested and charged with the January head-on crash that killed a 39-year-old man from Atlantic Beach. The crash happened January 27th on County Road 210 in St. Johns County around 6 p.m. The man who was arrested is reported to have crossed a double yellow line in his 2004 Chevy Trailblazer and hit the accident victim, who was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer, on a dark section of the road.
A blood-alcohol test was taken at the time of the crash but News4Jax reports there was no alcohol in the driver’s system. The toxicology report did show he was under the influence of an unnamed narcotic found in his system. The article does not say if the drug was prescribed or obtained illegally. The man was arrested on Friday, October 28, and charged with DUI manslaughter. He will be extradited to St. Johns County from Duval County.
Our condolences are extended to the family of the accident victim for their loss.
The St. Johns County Traffic Unit believes narcotics impairment is on the rise, and it is as potentially deadly to be under the influence of drugs and behind the wheel as driving under the influence of alcohol. Fortunately, the unit is now trained and equipped to look for all types of intoxication.
Farah & Farah’s investigators are also trained to help uncover the cause of a crash so the at-fault party can be held responsible for the costs associated with the accident, including medical injuries, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Call a skilled car accident lawyer in Jacksonville at the law firm of Farah & Farah at 1(800) 533-3555 so we can offer you a free consultation on your accident.