Ocala Man Facing Criminal Charges for DUI After Fatal Automobile Accident

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John E. Medeiros, 58, of Ocala, Florida, faces his second DUI manslaughter charge in two years after the car he was driving fatally struck a motorcyclist. The man riding the motorcycle was identified as Dwayne E. Bradley, 39, of Hawthorne, Florida. Bradley was driving a red 2007 Honda motorcycle as the time of the accident. According to authorities, Medeiros was attempting to turn left onto Northeast 77th Street when the 2000 Cadillac Deville he was driving collided with the motorcycle. The impact of the collision threw Bradley, who was wearing a helmet onto the roadway. Troopers reported that Medeiros continued driving after the collision but eventually turned around and returned to the scene.
Bradley was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was declared dead. The Cadillac that Medeiros was driving belonged to his father. Medeiros’ sister, Sheila Medeiros-Sexton, stated that her father did not know that his son had taken the vehicle. Medeiros’ sister also stated her brother had been released early from a drug/alcohol rehabilitation center. Medeiros’ jail records reveal that he has had a colorful past. His first arrest was back in May 1996 when he was arrested for DUI. On October 1, 2003, he was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked. Then, on May 1, 2008, he was arrested for driving while his license was suspended of revoked, DUI manslaughter and possession of marijuana.
For his most recent incident, Medeiros has been charged with driving with a canceled license, DUI manslaughter and violation of probation on a felony charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. After the collision he was transported to Marion County Jail. If you would like to read more on this story please see Ocala man charged with his second DUI manslaughter, fatally kills motorcyclist.
The death of Dwayne E. Bradley is a tragedy for his family and community. Medeiros should have never been behind the wheel not only because he was intoxicated but also because his license was revoked. Drivers have a duty to drive safely and be courteous to others on the road. Seriously neglecting those duties when you get behind the wheel can be deadly.

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