DUI Suspect Sentenced for Connection to Fatal Brevard County Car Crash
After almost three years of lengthy legal entanglements, the family of a 23-year-old Florida woman can finally feel some sense of justice and perhaps a sliver of closure as the driver responsible for their loved one’s death was sentenced to a decade in prison at the beginning of this month.
A press release from the state’s attorney’s office indicates that Kyah Evelyn Muntz has been found guilty in the death of 23-year-old Kavika Chugh; a victim from a deadly DUI accident back in December 2018. She will serve 10 years in a federal penitentiary followed by 10 years probation upon her release and will also be required to receive mandatory mental health treatment.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol operating within Melbourne Beach, it was approximately 3:00 a.m. on December 14, 2018, when Kyah Evelyn Muntz, who was 19-years-old at the time, was driving a two-door Volkswagen Beetle in the southbound direction of the northern lanes of State Road A1A near Sabal Ridge Lane. As she continued to drive the wrong way down the typically busy highway, she crashed head-on into another vehicle on the road that was carrying three individuals.
Brevard County first responders and additional troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of the accident to find that 21-year-old Katlyn Duncan, the driver of the other car, and her passenger 28-year-old Grant Luker were suffering from a series of serious life-threatening injuries. They were both transported via ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and have since recovered from their injuries in the following years. However, 23-year-old Kavika Chugh, the third victim in the wrong-way collision, was unable to survive the severity of her injuries and she passed away before EMTs were able to help.
Field sobriety tests administered at the crash site by the FHP showed that the blood alcohol level for Kyah Muntz was .101 and that she tested positive for the psychoactive drug commonly found in marijuana.
Since 1977, Brevard County auto accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been compassionately representing the individuals and families who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of a drunk driver. For additional information, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
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.