Judge Rules Jury Can See Blood-Test Results, Vodka Bottle in Trial for Fatal Mount Dora Motorcycle Crash

A judge in Tavaras has ruled that prosecutors can use evidence obtained from a blood test that indicates a well-known civic leader had been drinking vodka just before his pickup truck was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Mount Dora in October 2009. The ruling was issued on April 24, and included the right of prosecutors to show jurors a half-full bottle of vodka Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers discovered on the floor of the truck, according to a report in The Orlando Sentinel.

Lawyers for the 48-year-old man argued that troopers needed a search warrant before retrieving the bottle. The pickup truck driver had twice the legal limit for intoxication when he broadsided the motorcycle of a 61-year-old postal worker in Mount Dora on Majestic Oak Drive. The motorcyclist had not been drinking, according to an autopsy.

The man was returning from a Gators football game in Gainesville. A witness who had followed his truck before the crash said it was “all over the place” according to the newspaper.

Florida law considers anyone at or over the limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) to be intoxicated. A DUI conviction can have lasting consequences and impact your driving record, your employment, and your future.

The Florida drunk driving accident attorneys at the Farah & Farah law firm remind drivers that the only thing worse than causing a car accident while under the influence is to leave the scene, especially when there are injuries or a fatality. Call our Florida offices immediately following an accident with a drunk driver at 1-800-533-3555 so we can begin to advocate for you in your time of need.