According to the Florida Highway Patrol, they recently arrested a man for drunk driving after a fatal crash that led to the serious injury of three children. The accident happened on Interstate 75 on a recent Wednesday evening in Hillsborough County.
According to police, the 63-year-old man was driving southbound in a Ford F-150 pickup at approximately 8:26 p.m. in the center lane of traffic. A Ford Explorer was traveling in the same lane ahead of the F-150 driver. For currently unknown reasons, the F-150 driver collided with the back of the Ford Explorer.
The collision of the two vehicles caused the Ford Explorer to flip over in the grass median at the center of Interstate 75. Three children -- an 8-year-old, a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old -- were traveling inside the vehicle at the time of the collision. The father of the three children was driving the Explorer. The 8-year-old, who was wearing a seatbelt, and the 6-year-old, who was not wearing a seatbelt, were both ejected from the Explorer when it flipped. Miraculously, both of the children survived but not without suffering critical and serious injuries. The 10-year-old, who also failed to wear a seatbelt, was also seriously injured.
Troopers allege that the F-150 driver was intoxicated and he failed to stop after the collision. He has been charged with multiple DUI counts and other crimes relating to the accident, including failure to remain at the scene of a car crash that involved serious injuries. Troopers say they later found his abandoned vehicle further down the road. They also located the driver some hours later, when his blood alcohol content -- as per a Breathalyzer test -- was allegedly .15 percent.
The allegedly intoxicated driver in this case will have the ability to defend himself against the charges. Through a well-orchestrated criminal defense, DUI defendants may be able to get some or all of their charges dismissed or achieve a reduction in the severity of their punishments in certain cases.
Source: ABC Action News, "Man arrested for DUI in hit-and-run crash that left 3 children seriously injured on I-75," Mary Stringini, Dec. 28, 2017