Three people were killed after an accident Friday, July 1 on the Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa. Two were pronounced dead at the accident site and another succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. The 25-year-old driver who caused the accident is charged with three counts of driving under the influence (DUI) manslaughter, one count of DUI property damage and one count of reckless driving.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was behind the wheel of a 2014 Honda Civic traveling north on Interstate 275 when he struck the back of a 2012 GMC Sierra, then left the roadway. As a result of the collision, the Sierra overturned several times and then fell off the bridge into the water, which was about two feet deep.
The victims in the Sierra were a 76-year-old male driver, a 73-year-old female passenger and a 52-year-old male passenger.
DUI causing death has serious consequences
Individuals convicted of DUI manslaughter may face serious consequences, including major fines, license revocation and prison time. The man already posted $61,000 bail and now awaits his first court date.
It’s important to understand that in addition to the criminal charges pending against him, the man could also face civil action from the loved ones of the people killed in the accident he allegedly caused. This would take the form of a wrongful death claim, in which family members may seek compensation for emotional distress, medical bills, funeral costs and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, you may be able to take legal action against the negligent party. For further information and guidance, meet with the knowledgeable Bradenton car accident lawyers at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.