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Drunk Driver Kills Three People and Seriously Injures Another in Central Florida Auto Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 15, 2013

A 21-year-old Lakeland man faces several serious charges in connection with a fatal auto accident that killed three people and seriously injured another. Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office report that the suspect was recently arrested on three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of driving under the influence causing death and possession of marijuana, along with other charges. Deputies report that the suspect had a blood-alcohol content of 0.234 percent when it was tested after the accident. That is nearly three times Florida’s legal BAC limit of 0.08 percent.

Deputies report that early on the morning of April 28, the suspect’s pickup truck ran a stop sign and collided with a passenger car carrying four people. The accident occurred near the intersection of Shepherd and Coronet Roads, and, given the force of the impact, accident investigators believe that the suspect was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. The impact killed the 56-year-old driver of a the car, a Mulberry woman, along with a 48-year-old woman and 51-year-old man, both of Rochester, Pa., and critically injured a 50-year-old man, also from Rochester, Pa. who was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and is being treated for multiple bone fractures and other critical injuries.

Drunk and drugged drivers kill and injure hundreds of Floridians every year despite public service campaigns that raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, tougher civil and criminal penalties to discourage impaired driving and other measures targeting this grossly negligent behavior. Impaired drivers know each time that they get behind the wheel that they are greatly increasing the chances that they will cause a serious auto accident; yet, they continue to drive impaired despite this well-documented and publicized knowledge.

If you or a member of your family has been injured by an impaired driver, you deserve experienced and aggressive legal representation to help ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. That is why many people injured by drunk and drugged drivers turn to Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham. Few Orlando drunk driving accident lawyers have as much experience or a better record of success helping injured people receive damages from impaired drivers and their insurance companies as Mr. Cunningham does. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with him to discuss your case, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 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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