The W. Howard Frankland Bridge was again the site of tragedy last weekend. According to officers of the Florida Highway Patrol, a family of three were the victims of a drunk driver.
Joshua Burbank, 25, is charged with three counts of DUI Manslaughter and one count of DUI involving property damage for an accident on Frankland Bridge he is alleged to have caused. The FHP says on Friday he was driving his 2014 Honda Civic on the bridge heading east on I-275, near Milepost 33 when, at 9:40 P.M., he allegedly left the inside center lane and struck the 2012 GMC Sierra next to him in the inside lane. When the Civic’s right front quarter panel struck the Sierra’s left rear quarter panel, the FHP says the truck spun out of control, flipping end-over-end several times. The truck came to rest alongside the bridge in two feet of water.
The FHP list Robert “Sam” Getter as the truck’s driver, and his wife Karen as a passenger. Both septuagenarians were killed at the scene. Their son, Samuel, 52, was transported to Tampa General Hospital with mortal injuries, succumbing to them shortly after arrival.
Burbank, who originally hails from Oregon, listed an address in Wesley Chapel as his current residence. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail early Sunday morning and was released after posting a $61,000 bond early that afternoon.
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