Man faces charges in 2018 crash in Florida

Mar 31, 2020 | Wrongful Death

Officials in Lee County, Florida, arrested a man recently in connection with a fatal crash that occurred in August 2018.

On the day of the crash, a 39-year-old man was driving his 2012 Pontiac truck in the center lane of Interstate 75. Driving behind him was another man in a 2012 Hyundai Equus sedan. The Equus hit the back of the Pontiac, sending it off the roadway and into the guardrail.

The 39-year-old man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Now, nearly 18 months later, the driver of the Hyundai has been arrested in connection with the man’s death. That man, 28, is facing two charges of negligent vehicular homicide. One of the charges includes a driving under the influence component.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported his blood alcohol content (BAC) was .107 – above the state limit of 0.08.

He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant in the case after deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported to a domestic disturbance call in North Fort Myers. His bond was set at $15,000, with arraignment scheduled for April 27.

The investigation in this case was a lengthy one, and the victim’s family undoubtedly will watch closely as it proceeds through the court system. The family suffered a significant loss with the death of their loved one and might want to seek compensation through the court system. Remember that a wrongful death case is a civil lawsuit, which has a different standard of proof than a criminal case does.