After an eight-day trial, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida has found the founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. The jury was out just 51/2 hours before returning the verdict. The South Florida millionaire could face up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 30.
As we reported in an earlier blog, the Polo Club founder was accused of running a stop sign and striking another vehicle with his Bentley in February of 2010. The force of the collision knocked the other vehicle into a canal, where it landed upside down and the occupant drowned. The mogul left the scene of the accident without helping the victim and called his girlfriend and another friend before calling 911 much later.
The defense attorneys argued that their client had only a few drinks the night of the crash – despite evidence that he had a blood-alcohol level between .177 and .178 some three hours after the crash. The accused had also testified that the accident was due to a brake malfunction in his Bentley and not due to impairment on his part. As for not stopping to render aid, defense countered its client was confused because of a possible concussion suffered in the accident.
The jury didn’t buy any of it and found him guilty on all counts.
The family is suing the millionaire, as well as International Polo Club Palm Beach, for wrongful death.
The Florida car crash wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah will be watching the progress of the wrongful death trial against the deep-pocketed defendant. Will his children’s $300 million trust fund be counted as part of his net worth after the questionable “adoption” of his girlfriend left her in control of the funds? Complicated issues when bringing a wrongful death suit need to be dealt with by an experienced team ready to battle for you. We are on call at (800) 533-3555 if you have any questions regarding a wrongful death suit.