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Driver charged in Florida crash that killed 3, including 2 teens

Florida-Dade police have arrested the driver who allegedly struck and killed two 17-year-old girls and the Good Samaritan who stopped to help them after they were involved in a collision. They have charged the 30-year-old man with DUI and vehicular manslaughter, serious bodily injury and causing property damage in the April 13 early-morning auto accident.

The defendant reportedly registered a blood alcohol level that was over two times the limit allowed by law. Police officers allegedly found open cans of beers in the defendant’s car, which they said smelled like alcohol.

In addition to being under the influence, authorities say the driver was going more than 70 mph when he hit the two teen girls and the 45-year-old man. The man had stopped to assist them after they had a minor accident with another driver at the corner of Miller Drive and Southwest 157th Avenue and Miller Drive.

An April 22 story on NBC 6 reported on a standing-room-only event attended by the widow and children of the Good Samaritan in which their husband and father was honored with by the City of Coral Gables. He had worked for the city for two decades. His family was given a key to the city as well as two plaques. A car wash was being planned by the Coral Gables Emergency Responders to raise money to assist the family.

Families who lose a loved one at the hands of an impaired or negligent driver are faced not only with emotional devastation but often with financial burdens. This is particularly true when the lost family member was a breadwinner. While charitable efforts by friends and colleagues provide a sense of support and help with immediate expenses, families often choose to pursue civil action against the driver in an effort to get the financial help they need to move forward.

Source: The Florida Herald, “Police: Driver who struck and killed 3 in Southwest Florida-Dade was drunk” Charles Rabin, Apr. 25, 2014

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