Police in Martin County recently arrested the man believed responsible for a car crash that left one man seriously injured and another man dead. The accused has been charged with DUI manslaughter, along with various other offenses. If convicted, the consequences could be severe.
According to reports, on the evening of Aug. 30, 2019. At approximately 6:40 p.m., the accused was operating his vehicle northbound on Interstate 95 when he is said to have struck the back end of a van while changing lanes. The driver of the van — a 75-year-old male — survived the incident but not without injury. Sadly, his passenger — a 62-year-old male — died. Authorities are still in the process of investigating the events leading up to crash.
The accused is reportedly in a protected class of citizens, meaning he likely works as a state employee, police officer, corrections officer or firefighter. For this reason, little information has been reported about him. He was taken into police custody the week of May 17. He was released on bond, which was set at $40,750, on Thursday, May 21. It is unclear when his case will go to trial.
DUI-related offenses, particularly those that result in victims suffering bodily harm or death, are taken seriously by law enforcement officials in Martin County and throughout Florida. Penalties, if the accused is convicted, include incarceration and hefty fines — among various others. This individual has a lot on the line, and he may feel like his situation is hopeless, as cases involving often seem pretty cut and dried. However, a conviction is never a guarantee. With the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, evidence can be questioned that may help the accused achieve a case dismissal or at least a reduction in charges.