Family Suing Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Over DUI Death

On Jan. 7, 2012, a 53-year-old woman was struck and killed by a drunk driver as she was jogging along the side of the road on Siesta Key. Now, the family of the woman is suing the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, alleging that deputies had confronted the driver and two other men about their alcohol consumption at a local beach, telling them to “go home or go to jail” just before the deadly drunk driving accident.

The lead attorney for the firm representing the family in the case told the Bradenton Herald, “We believe the actions of the deputies were negligent and careless by directing these gentlemen to drive home under the influence, and, unfortunately, at the cost of my client’s life.”

Reportedly, the 23-year-old driver had struck another car and was fleeing the scene when he lost control of his vehicle and hit the woman who was jogging near her home. She was dragged to her death and the car only stopped after hitting several objects and crashing into the entrance of a church.

The lawsuit claims that although drinking was allowed at the beach, the deputies created a public safety risk by telling the intoxicated men to leave the beach without inquiring about their means of travel away from the scene The suit alleges the driver of the car that struck and killed the jogger had been holding his car keys when deputies told him and his friends to leave.

The wrongful death pedestrian accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have learned that the lawsuit is seeking $200,000 in damages.

The lead attorney told the Herald that the lawsuit isn’t about the money; it’s about holding the Sheriff’s Office accountable for its actions. He claims the deputies botched the entire incident and he “wants to ensure these types of tragic and avoidable accidents do not happen again.”

Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party? The law firm of Farah & Farah is prepared to provide the knowledgeable and experienced legal representation you will need to move forward with often complex wrongful death lawsuits. Call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online to find out what your family’s legal options might be. We’re here to help.