Driver charged with DUI manslaughter after hit-and-run accident

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Florida drunk driving often leads to other crimes, such as manslaughter or aggravated assault. This effect was demonstrated by an accident in Orlando early in the morning of May 26. The accident caused the death of one man and the arrest of another for DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

The victim was stopped at a traffic light when another driver believed by police to be traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into him. The impact pushed the car into two other vehicles that were stopped at the light. The first vehicle to be struck burst into flames. The driver was pulled from the burning wreckage, but he died at the scene. Neither of the other drivers was injured.

The man whom police suspect of causing the crash left the scene on foot. He was apprehended later at a nearby hotel. According to the arrest report, the man had strong smell of alcohol and was reported to have said that he should not have driving while he was drunk. Officers claim that he called his mother at one point and admitted to being drunk and having killed someone. After being treated for minor injuries, the suspect was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The evidence appears to weigh heavily against the suspect, especially his statements purporting to admit guilt. Nevertheless, he is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone in similar circumstances may benefit from consulting and experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a useful evaluation of the law and evidence that will govern the case and, if circumstances warrant, assist in achieving a favorable plea agreement.

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