A Merritt Island man is facing an April trial for a traffic ticket after he struck and killed a 10-year-old boy who ran in front of his car. Legally, the driver cannot be charged with the boy’s death since he ran in front of the vehicle, but the driver has a long history of driving offenses. WESH-Television reports the man has two pages of offenses, including speeding, careless and reckless driving, DUI, and driving without a license. The Florida Highway Patrol is questioning how such a man stays behind the wheel. He had just completed a drunken driving school and was traveling 12 mph over the speed limit when he struck the boy. The lawyer for the boy’s family, in a separate wrongful death action, says if the driver had been going the speed limit he would have been able to stop in time. The driver insists he has done nothing wrong.
Florida law gives drivers many opportunities, some would say too many opportunities, to become repeat offender. Under Florida Statute 316.193, any driver convicted of a third DUI within 10 years, or a fourth or subsequent DUI, has committed a third degree felony which can bring up to five years in prison. Even after a third conviction a driver can get his revoked license back after two years. It is the fourth and subsequent conviction that revokes a license permanently.
Our hearts go out to the parents of this little boy who did not get that many chances at life. It is possible that the judge in this ticket case in April will finally take some action against a repeat offender and finally revoke his license.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident that was caused by a reckless driver, the Florida accident attorneys at Farah & Farah will fight for your right to hold the at-fault driver responsible for his actions.