Police in South Daytona are accusing a 50-year-old man from fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and driving while intoxicated after an accident on Thursday evening. According to the official report, Andrus Holmes was witnessed by police as he drove unpredictably through South Daytona. The police additionally stated that they saw Holmes run red lights and drive far over the speed limit. Because it was decided that Holmes was driving too fast to be apprehended, the police instead issued a lookout order. Less than five minutes after this order was issued, Holmes was involved in an accident after he ran a red light.
Holms, driving a black Lexus, drove his vehicle directly into a Nissan truck. At the time, this truck was being driven by a 64-year-old man named Kenneth McDonald. While the official statement failed to mention the intersection in which the accident happened, they did mention that Holmes was on probation at the time of the accident, and that before this situation his probation was not supposed to end until 2020.
Witnesses to the scene describe how after the accident between the two cars Holmes left from his vehicle, called someone of the phone, and told them to come get him. By the time the police arrived, Holmes was gone, however those who saw the incident were able to give the authorities enough information for them to begin to track the fleeing man down. Shortly after the accident, the police traced Holmes to a cluster of trees. After the arrest, the police involved reported that he continually behaved aggressively towards them during their encounter and that he smelled strongly like alcohol. Due to the apparent severity of the injuries which Holmes had sustained (he was bleeding heavily), the police were unable to administer a sobriety test at the time of the arrest. Instead, tests will be done on Holmes after the fact to determine whether or not he was indeed intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Kenneth McDonald, who was not even a mile away from his home when the accident took place, was unable to be saved after the accident. He died of the injuries he sustained during the crash.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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