Driver Finally Sentenced for Fatal Hillsborough County DUI Crash
Nearly eleven months after the initial collision occurred, the family and friends of a young Florida man can hopefully start to heal as the drunk driver responsible for the crash that killed their loved one heads off to prison for fifteen years.
According to auto accident reports from almost a year ago, it was just a few minutes before midnight in Brandon on November 27, 2021, when 22-year-old Alexander Glaubius was speeding down S Kings Avenue in the southbound direction behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado. At this same time, two other motorists entered the area: 20-year-old Christopher Murdock who was driving a Volkswagen Passat and was approaching from the eastbound direction of Oakfield Drive, and another unidentified person driving a Mazda Mazdaspeed3 westbound along Oakfield Drive.
Both drivers were following their green arrow left-turn signals and were proceeding through the intersection of S Kings Avenue and Oakfield Drive when the Chevy Silverado ran a red light and slammed into the victim’s Volkswagen. The force from the impact caused the Volkswagen to spin out of control and Christopher Murdock was ejected from the vehicle in the process. He was transported in critical condition to a local hospital but died from his injuries shortly thereafter.
After the first accident took place, the Chevy Silverado continued on its collision course and crashed into the Mazda. That’s when nearby witnesses told members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office that Alexander Glaubius exited his vehicle and tried to dispose of several alcoholic beverages and pieces of drug paraphernalia, even asking a bystander to help. “The defendant asked him to get rid of bottles. When the witness refused to do so, the defendant removed a pack of Kona and a Sprite bottle that had been modified into a bong and threw them over a wall,” said Hillsborough County prosecutor Michael Schmiz.
Alexander Glaubius has since pled guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges and will spend the next fifteen years of his life behind bars. His driver’s license has also been permanently revoked and he will remain on probation for ten years after his release from prison.
The victim’s mother tearfully spoke over Zoom on her son’s behalf, but she was not physically present during the court proceedings. “Just know that I will never forgive you,” she said.
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.