Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a Plant City man was intoxicated when he initiated a wreck that left another man dead.
According to troopers, the 30-year-old man was piloting his 2008 Lexus IS 250 at what they classify as a high rate of speed on the northbound side of N Nebraska Avenue early on the morning of January 4. Upon reaching E Bearss Avenue they say he encountered the 2010 Nissan Altima of a 75-year-old Land O’ Lakes man as he continued to travel at an elevated speed.
Per investigators, the defendant’s car struck the elder man’s vehicle in the rear, sending it careening off the roadway and into a traffic support post. As the man was not wearing a seat belt at the time, the collision caused him grievous injury, and authorities pronounced him dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, the defendant, who was wearing a seatbelt, was lightly injured in the accident and was transported to hospital for treatment. According to troopers, the defendant’s blood-alcohol content was tested at 0.206%, well beyond the Florida statutory presumption of intoxication of 0.08%.
Upon his release he was arrested and transported to Hillsborough County Jail and booked on one count of DUI manslaughter. He continues to be imprisoned pending a bond of $500,000.
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