Charges against a 31-year-old St. Petersburg man accused in a fatal DUI crash have been upgraded now to DUI manslaughter.
The man faces these charges after the death of a woman who passed away late Monday at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as a result of her injuries suffered in a traffic crash last weekend.
According to Pinellas Park police, the 34-year-old St. Petersburg woman and her boyfriend were driving just before 1 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park when they were struck by a 2016 Toyota Corolla.
Deputies say the 31-year-old man was drunk when he drove through a red light and struck the woman’s 2003 Toyota Camry.
The woman her boyfriend were rushed to the hospital, where the woman later died. The man remains in critical condition.
In addition to DUI manslaughter, the man is also facing two charges of DUI causing serious bodily injury.
Pinellas Park police said surveillance video from a nearby restaurant captured the crash.
The man refused field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash.
Pinellas Park police did force a blood draw on the man.
DUI manslaughter and DUI causing serious bodily injury cases are quite complex as there are numerous factors that must be addressed immediately. Our Tampa DUI Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are former prosecutors, so we know what types of issues these cases raised. We can examine the evidence with the hopes of answering the following questions:
- What was the cause of the accident?
- Is there any proof of who was actually driving the vehicle?
- Was your blood alcohol content above or below the legal limit? Was a blood, breath or urine test lawfully obtained by law enforcement?
- Did your negligence cause the death of another person?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident?
- What do experts and accident reconstructionists have to say about the evidence?
These are just a few of the questions we will look to answer, and the sooner we can get involved, the better our chances of helping you achieve the best possible outcome. Keep in mind that DUI manslaughter is undoubtedly the most serious DUI offense. This felony charge carries consequences of up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Let us help you – call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online for a free consultation.