Earlier this month, a 21-year-old Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for driving under the influence of alcohol, killing a passenger, and injuring the driver and another passenger.
The accident occurred in January when the man was speeding on United States Highway 98. Authorities state the man crashed into an SUV in an intersection, causing the other driver’s SUV to flip and crash into another vehicle. One woman suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger in the drunk man’s car and a passenger in the SUV sustained serious injuries.
Law enforcement officers report the SUV driver’s BAC level was 0.169%, a percentage far above what Florida Law considers impaired driving- 0.08%
The man was convicted of DUI manslaughter as well as four additional charges.
What is DUI Manslaughter in Florida?
According to Florida state law, Florida State Statute Chapter 316.193, when a person who operates a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance causes an accident that causes the death of another person, he or she is guilty of DUI manslaughter. This is considered a felony offense and is punishable with a minimum and mandatory prison term of 4 years.
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