Drunk Driver car accident
Some family members of a man killed by a drunk driver in July 2011 are very unhappy with the conditions of a plea deal reached between the driver and the prosecutors in the case. The victim, who was a Special Olympics champion, was walking along Goldenrod Road at Daniel Webster Drive in Winter Park that day when he was struck and killed by a car driven by a woman who had a blood-alcohol concentration greater than twice the legal limit. Florida Highway Patrol troopers who investigated the accident reported that a passenger in the car was also inebriated at the time of the accident.
Two men were struck and killed in separate pedestrian accidents in Ocala on Thanksgiving Day. The first accident occurred at 1:15 a.m. that morning when a man trying to cross the intersection of South Pine Avenue and Southwest 10th Street was struck and killed in the crosswalk by a hit-and-run driver. One witness told Ocala police officers that she saw the victim running southbound on the crosswalk when he was struck by an eastbound driver who sped away from the scene. The victim was a 23-year-old Ocala college student who was home visiting family for the holiday.