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Tampa Man Facing DUI Manslaughter Charges After Allegedly Striking Cyclist

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A Tampa man is facing drunk driving and manslaughter charges after Tampa police say he fatally injured a bicyclist last week while he was driving impaired.

Authorities say the 48-year-old man was driving his 2010 Acura ZDX on North 15th Street just before midnight on April 14 when he encountered a man in his 60s riding a bicycle near the curb in the same lane.

Per investigators, the Acura struck the man and his bicycle, tossing the man onto the car's windshield before striking the pavement. The cyclist's injuries were grievous, and he expired at the scene.

Meanwhile, police say the driver continued on for about three blocks before turning back and returning to the scene of the incident. Upon responding to the scene, officers say the driver smelled of alcoholic drink, showed eyes that were bloodshot and glassy, and spoke with slurred speech. They say he declined to submit to a field sobriety test, insisting that he had been driving straight.

Ultimately the driver agreed to submit to a breath test for alcohol, which officers say registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.129%. They say he also subsequently admitted to drinking prior to the accident.

The Florida native was arrested at the scene and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on a single count of DUI manslaughter. He was released the next evening after posting a bond of $10,000.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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