A 28-year-old Winter Park, Florida man was arrested this week following his involvement in a New Year’s Eve rash that left two dead.
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.
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.
A former Winter Springs police officer who was released from jail recently after posting bond still faces serious charges in connection with an accident that killed one person and seriously injured another. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) arrested the 34-year-old former police officer and charged him with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and racing on a highway after a six-month investigation. FHP troopers report that on January 12, 2012, the man lost control of his Mazda RX-7 shortly after pulling out of an auto repair shop on West Colonial. They say that after the man pulled into the westbound lanes of West Colonial, the man recklessly stepped on his gas pedal, causing his car to fishtail wildly.