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Driver charged with vehicular manslaughter

Traffic accidents can produce any number of sad or ironic outcomes. As the result of a three-vehicle accident in Lake County on April 1, 2018, a woman was recently arrested and charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly causing an accident that killed her boyfriend. According to the police report, alcohol appeared to be the principal causative factor.

The deceased was driving west on his motorcycle and his girlfriend was following in Ford Explorer. Both were approaching an intersection at which traffic was stopped for a signal. The woman in the Explorer failed to stop, and she reportedly crashed into her boyfriend on his motorcycle. According to the arrest report, the collision pushed the man into the vehicle in front of him. The impact threw the man from his motorcycle, and he landed on the ground. The man was transported to Waterman Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Explorer was taken to another hospital where she voluntarily provided a blood sample for testing of the woman's blood alcohol content. Troopers on the scene described her as having bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and other signs of intoxication. Police later obtained and served a subpoena on the hospital for the woman's test results from the day of the accident. Police say that the report shows that the woman had a blood alcohol content level of 0.144 percent. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08 percent. Police have charged the woman with DUI, negligent vehicular manslaughter and damage to property of another.

The DUI charges in this case are extremely serious. Anyone facing similar charges may want to get more information about criminal defense options.

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