As the old saying goes – “justice delayed is justice denied” – and that has to be what one Tampa area family is thinking. Three people from one family were killed in a Christmas Day 2007 crash in northwest Pasco County. The family says the accused man from Spring Hill was speeding and intoxicated when he struck the family car stopped at a red light at U.S. 19 and Little Road. He is facing three counts of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide but is out on $330,000 bail. The Tampa Tribune reports a trial date has now been set for June. In this article, the family of the three killed say they haven’t celebrated Christmas since that day.
The mother and stepfather, sister, and brother-in-law were leaving a Christmas day celebration in Pasco around 2 p.m. heading to Brooksville when they were rear-ended by the driver. The sister, brother-in-law, and mother all died that day or shortly afterward. The driver was going between 75 and 98 mph when he struck the Chevrolet Tahoe with his pickup truck. His blood alcohol content was 0.045 percent, which is below the 0.08 percent level for intoxication, but he also had Xanax and cocaine metabolites in his system.
This article says the 37-year-old man has a history of DUI arrests and speeding tickets. He also spent 17-months in jail for selling GHB or the date rape drug, and he struck a pedestrian on U.S. 19. She later died but he was never charged.
Why has the case been delayed? Prosecutors say they have more than 70 witnesses including medical personnel and reconstruction experts.
Injured individuals or family members of those killed should never have to experience this kind of delay in justice. Although auto accident cases involving fatalities and especially those involving multiple parties are complex, it is important for them to be handled in a timely manner. At Farah & Farah, our Tampa car accident attorneys work with accident reconstructionists to gather physical evidence and witness statements immediately after the accident while memories are fresh and people can be found. Call our office so we can get started on your auto accident case.