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Police File Charges In Fatal Auto Accident

By Robert Sparks Attorneys  Oct. 20, 2011 10:18a

Tampa Bay Victim Loses Life In DUI Collision

Authorities have released the identity of a driver they say is responsible for the high-speed crash that took two lives in late September, charging him with an array of offenses for the alleged misdeeds.

According to the investigators, the suspect was engaged in what may have been an illegal street race when he lost control of his vehicle. The twenty-year old Florida native was driving at high speed along Gulf Boulevard when he first drew the attention of police, heading south. He was allegedly travelling at sixty-nine miles per hour in a thirty-five mile per hour zone when law enforcement officials caught up to him, and sped up even further when signaled to pull over.

The increase in speed proved too much for the young man to handle, and his silver GMC Yukon SUV careened out of control, colliding with another SUV carrying two passengers. The driver of the second vehicle, a thirty-two year old man from Tampa, was killed in the accident, along with his female passenger, after their 2006 Mazda was sent off the road and into a fountain in front of a beach resort.

Investigators Seek Second Driver for Questioning

Both victims died before they could be taken to a hospital. The suspect, who was thrown from his vehicle into the street, was rushed to a medical facility, from which he was released on October 18th. Police immediately placed him under arrest.

The case has been turned over to the hands of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Major Accident Investigation Team. According to their office, witnesses to the crime reported a second vehicle that was involved in what may have been a race with the suspect. Though no information has been released as to the driver of this second car, the vehicle is described as a maroon or purple minivan.

Police say they have charged the suspect with DUI manslaughter, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license causing death. He is being held in jail on a $101,000 bond.

Seek A Tampa Auto Accident Attorney Today

Losing a loved one to the negligent actions of another driver is never easy. If you have been wronged by a reckless driver, it is your duty to seek redress in the court of law. You are entitled to financial compensation to help ease the burden of the costs inevitably associated with wrongful death. At Robert Sparks Attorneys, a Tampa car accident lawyer is here to provide you with skilled and effective representation in your case. You deserve the ability to move on with your life, and a lawyer with our firm can help!

Please do not hesitate to contact a Tampa car accident attorney.

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