Trying to escape the police is never a sound idea, especially when the escape attempt involves driving at an excessive speed. A Florida man is learning this lesson after his attempt to out-distance the Florida Highway Patrol on I-75 resulted in the death of another driver and the imposition of several serious criminal charges.
A state trooper who was watching the interstate for speeding vehicles clocked a Nissan traveling 92 mph in the early morning hours of March 6. The driver did not respond to police lights but, instead, abruptly turned off the interstate at the intersection with State Highway 44. After leaving the freeway, the Nissan ran a stop light and collided with another car. The alleged speeder exited his car and ran from the scene. Police gave chase and soon captured him. Meanwhile, the driver of the car that was struck died from her injuries at the scene of the accident.
Police charged the speeder with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving while license suspended involving a death, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and resisting an officer with violence. The fact that a person died in the accident significantly raises the seriousness of the charges. Instead of facing a short jail sentence and a small fine, the accused driver now faces the possibility of imprisonment for several years, a fine of up to $10,000 and the permanent loss of his driving privileges.
Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting a criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can evaluate the evidence in the case, explain the applicable law and negotiate for a favorable plea agreement.
Source: clickorlando.com, “Driver runs red light during pursuit, slams into car, killing other driver, FHP says,” Daniel Dahm, March 6, 2018