A 22-year-old man drunkenly crashed twice before a third wreck killed a 91-year-old Florida man and hospitalized another person. Police said that the driver's blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit.
The fatal car accident occurred around 11:30 on a Sunday morning. Witnesses reported seeing a car crash into several parked vehicles at an apartment complex. The driver did not stop, however, but turned onto a larger road and almost immediately hit another car. Undeterred, the drunk driver kept going and turned down a quiet neighborhood street.
While passing another car, the drunk driver slammed into an oncoming mini-van, hurting both of its occupants. Responders took both occupants to a nearby hospital where the 91-year-old passenger died. Another man suffered relatively minor injuries and should survive. When authorities tested the drunk driver's blood alcohol content, it measured 0.223 percent-well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
In addition to criminal penalties, this drunken spree could subject the driver to civil lawsuits. The 91-year-old man's family could pursue a wrongful death suit to hold the driver accountable for their loss. Under Florida law, the family could also be entitled to punitive damages to punish the driver for his reckless behavior.
Source: Florida Today, "Police: Driver in fatal crash had alcohol level 3 times the legal limit," Stacey Barchenger and Rick Neale, Oct. 8, 2012