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Truck driver facing DUI manslaughter charges, other felonies

An aggressive truck driver who was reportedly high on meth and marijuana during a March 2012 accident has been charged with several felonies in connection with the incident. The Florida man, age 42, is accused of speeding and driving in a reckless manner while traveling down U.S. 98 near Mexico Beach.

Authorities report other drivers were forced to swerve out of the man's way to avoid his vehicle during the rampage. He is accused of striking the rear end of a woman's Jeep before she could get out of the way. A 59-year-old man in the back seat of that vehicle was killed because he was so severely pinned in the wreckage. The driver and front-seat passenger were also seriously injured in the crash. The group was taking a trip to Key West from their Illinois home after making a stop in Panama City.

Toxicology reports from the scene show the driver of the truck was high on methamphetamine and pot at the time of the collision. Witnesses corroborate this assertion, telling officers the man appeared to behave strangely after the collision. He was arrested and taken into custody, but he was released on bond under strict orders not to drink or consume drugs. The man was subjected to random drug tests, as well. The driver is officially charged with DUI causing serious injuries and DUI manslaughter, both of which are felonies.

The surviving victims in this case should consider seeking financial compensation for personal injury in connection with this case. The truck driver and his employer could be required to pay for the pair's medical bills because of the severity of the accident. Furthermore, relatives of the decedent could seek financial retribution in the form of a wrongful death suit. All plaintiffs could claim pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, you do not have to suffer in silence. Seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney to help you get the money you deserve.

Source: www.newsherald.com, "Trucker charged in March 2012 fatal wreck" Chris Olwell, May. 20, 2013


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