Even though a 19-year-old woman who hit a bicyclist on U.S 98 and fled the scene had an alleged blood-alcohol level of 0.177 – over five times the legal limit for somebody her age – she won’t be charged with Florida DUI hit-and run.
The young woman is accused of hitting the bicyclist with her Chevrolet Cruze as he rode east on U.S. 98 at 3 a.m. in Santa Rosa County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) the cyclist was struck from behind and his head and shoulders hit the windshield of the car and the bicycle was run over. The woman never stopped. Two motorists discovered the cyclist a half an hour later.
He was taken to Baptist Hospital where he was listed in fair condition with a skull fracture and deep cuts on his arm.
After calling her parents to pick her up near the scene of the accident, the teen’s father then drove her car to a local police substation at about 4:20 a.m. The accused showed up with her mother at about 4:49 a.m. – after allegedly stopping at McDonalds.
The teen will not be charged with DUI hit-and-run because she was given a preliminary breath test with a portable device two hours after the crash. Those results are not admissible in court. No explanation was given as to why no admissible blood test was administered.
An assistant state attorney said the investigation would continue.
Meanwhile, the teen is free on $10,000 bond.
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