A 33-year-old Miami woman was allegedly driving drunk with three young children in her 2012 Chrysler mini-van when an accident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 18.
SUV Rear-ended on Interstate 75
The Florida Highway Patrol says that the Parrish area accident happened at approximately 4:37 a.m on Interstate 75. The Chrysler mini-van allegedly rear-ended a 2012 GMC Terrain, causing it to veer off the highway and roll over on its roof.
Multiple Injuries and Fatality
The 68-year-old male driver from High Point, North Carolina, did not survive the wreck, and his 69-year-old wife required transport to Blake Medical Center, according to the Herald Tribune. Her condition was not immediately known. The three children in the mini-van, all ages five and under, all suffered minor injuries. The driver of the mini-van was also injured. All four mini-van occupants were subsequently transported to Lakewood Ranch Hospital.
Multiple DUI Charges
Authorities took the driver who allegedly caused the fatal wreck into custody, and a booking into the Manatee County Jail followed. The multiple charges include DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage, driving with a suspended license causing death/serious injury with a vehicle and three counts of child neglect causing great bodily harm.
Although the investigation into this accident is in its preliminary stages, Florida state law does afford victims of negligent driving to seek redress in the state's civil courts. An injured victim may seek compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, lost wages and other losses. Survivors of a deceased victim can seek monetary damages for burial expenses and loss of companionship as well.
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