Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that a 43-year-old DeBary man is facing multiple charges in connection with a recent fatal DUI pedestrian accident. Troopers say that the driver was drunk when his vehicle struck and killed a 20-year-old man on State Road 46. They report that the suspect was traveling east on S.R. 46 near Wekiva River Road when he struck the victim, who was standing in the eastbound lane. Investigators have not yet determined why the victim was standing in the road at the time of the accident but report that the impact threw the victim into the median.
One of the victim’s friends told investigators that he was walking to the Wekiva River to meet friends when the accident occurred. When she learned that her friend had been struck and killed by a drunk driver, she issued a harsh but accurate summary of the negligence of drunk drivers.
“Not only could they kill themselves, but they could kill other people who are completely innocent and have their entire lives in front of them,” she said.
According to statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety, 69 drivers were charged with DUI manslaughter in 2013. It is important to remember that hundreds more Florida drivers faced charges in connection with DUI accidents that injured people that year and every year on Florida roadways. Despite increasingly tougher criminal penalties and public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drinking and driving, many Floridians continue to put others at risk for death and serious injury by driving drunk. An even more disturbing and astonishing DUI statistic is that traffic safety experts estimate that a drunk driver drives while legally drunk around 87 times before they are caught.
If you or a member of your immediate family has been injured by a drunk driver and you’d like to learn more about your rights and legal options, call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) today and schedule a free consultation with Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham has been aggressively and successfully helping injured clients receive the maximum possible compensation for their cases since 1977. Very few Orlando drunk driving accident injury attorneys have a better record of success than Mr. Cunningham or more experience helping clients receive the fair and just compensation they deserve through settlements and court awards. Call him today!
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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