Florida man arrested in car crash that killed Tavares child
A Florida golf director involved in killing Tavares, a Florida child, has been arrested for unrelated drug possession and reckless driving charges. The man has also been accused of attempted bribery.
The man was previously involved in a serious car accident in March that killed a 3-year-old girl and daughter of a former Tavares High School football coach. Police say the man likely caused the accident when his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into another vehicle, killing the toddler passenger.
A sergeant with the Florida Highway Patrol said that the suspect was likely under the influence of prescription medication or illicit drugs at the time of the crash. However, the FHP is currently waiting on the results of toxicology tests. No charges have been filed in the fatal accident yet.
With regards to the suspect's most recent arrest, his attorney has denied several of the charges against his client. Deputies claim to have seen the suspect dangerously weaving through traffic while moving northbound on State road 46A, accusing him of traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph. Upon stopping the man, police say they discovered amphetamine, hydrocodone and cannabis in his vehicle. Deputies say the 39-year-old man then displayed a "wad of cash" in an attempt to bribe the officers.
The man's most recent arrest, along with his involvement in the fatal accident, indicates that he has a problem driving safely. If the toxicology tests prove that he was driving under the influence at the time of the accident, the family will likely be able to hold him accountable.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Golf director involved in deadly car crash arrested for reckless driving, drug possession," Eloisa Ruano Gonzalez, May 8, 2012