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Florida woman charged in connection with fatal DUI crash

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2022 | DUI |

A Florida woman faces a raft of felony charges including counts of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in connection with a November 2021 motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 42-year-old man. The 33-year-old Plantation resident’s bond has been set at $153,000. She could be sentenced to up to 36 years in prison if she is convicted on all of the charges.

Alcohol, drugs and excessive speed

During a Jan. 6 bond hearing, prosecutors told the court that the woman had consumed at least seven alcoholic drinks at two Sunrise bars before getting behind the wheel of her Lexus SUV. Electronic data retrieved from the vehicle reveals that it was traveling at more than 80 mph and accelerating when it struck the rear of a Nissan Altima sedan that was stationary at a red light on Northwest 136th Avenue near the Sawgrass Mills Mall. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 mph. The man behind the wheel of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers.

Belligerent attitude

According to the police report, the woman acted belligerently with police officers at the scene and doctors and nurses at Broward Health Medical Center. One of the officers present said the woman made light of the situation and threatened to urinate on him for fun. A blood sample drawn from the woman more than four hours after the fatal accident contained traces of cocaine and revealed her blood alcohol concentration to be .15. The BAC threshold for a DUI charge in Florida is .08.

Making a bad situation worse

Prosecutors consider both mitigating and aggravating factors before they make sentence recommendations in DUI cases. Defendants who show genuine remorse for their actions may be treated leniently, but those who seem to have no regrets over causing serious injuries or deaths usually face harsh sentences.