The driver of a vehicle that initiated a fatal wrong-way crash last week is suspected of being intoxicated and may well face criminal charges as a result.
Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say the 39-year-old Frostproof man was driving southbound on the Suncoast Parkway (State Road 589) early on February 3rd, cutting through the fog in the northbound lanes in his 2014 GMC pickup truck when he violently encountered a Mini Cooper near mile marker 38.
The wreck, which is estimated to have occurred at a quarter to two o’clock that morning, ended the life of the 39-year-old driver of the Mini Cooper at the scene. Meanwhile, the suspect’s truck caught fire, seriously injuring him.
First responders arrived at the scene and rushed the suspect to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson where he continues to undergo treatment for his injuries. A FHP spokesperson said troopers at the scene believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash, but no further details regarding their suspicions were released.
The suspect has yet to be charged while in hospital. Hernando County authorities have not announced charges, but they have also not ruled out the possibility that DUI manslaughter charges may be in the suspect’s future upon discharge from hospital.
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